With only a few days left in the resumption of the second phase of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Punjab Kings (PBKS) got a hit as their top quality batter David Malan has decided to withdraw from the cash-rich league. The T20 tournament starts on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Malan, who was bought at his base price of INR 1.5 crores, appeared in the first half of IPL and played only one game, where he scored 26 runs.
In place of Malan, the Kings included South Africa’s top batsman Aiden Markram. The right-handed batsman is currently in Sri Lanka for the white ball series and has impressed everyone with his recent few performances.
Just one night before his choice in IPL, Markram played an unbeaten run of 48 off 33 balls, helped the Proteas win the first one-day international against the islanders.
After not being sold in previous auctions, this will be Markram’s first game in the profitable league. He made an impression in the shortest format as an opener. The Centurion-born has so far played 13 T20Is, in which he managed to score 405 runs – including four fifties – at a pass rate of 150.
In terms of T20s, Markram scored 1403 runs in 57 games, at a pass rate of 128 by 12 half-centuries.
Markram is still in Sri Lanka, where he has to play two more T20Is on 12 and 14 September. It will be interesting to see when he can join the team and be available for the KL Rahul-led. team. So far in the IPL 2021, the Kings have lost five of their eight games and sit in sixth place in the points table.