Cricket World Player of the Week - Janneman Malan
South African opener Janneman Malan ended up as the highest run-getter in the three-match ODI series between South Africa and Ireland, scoring 261 runs from just two innings.
Having scored more than 3,000 runs in first-class cricket and over 2,500 runs in List A cricket, 25-year-old Janneman Malan has had to wait patiently for his opportunities.
Whenever he has got them, Malan has tried to make the most of them. One such opportunity came his way when Quinton de Kock was rested for the first two ODIs against Ireland.
South Africa did not get to bat in the first match as the game was washed out. Opening the batting with Aiden Markram, Malan struck 84 off 96 balls in the second match. However, due to a middle order collapse, the team lost the match by 43 runs.
Having missed out on a century, Malan was determined to make amends in the final match of the series. He remained unbeaten on 177 in the decider, hitting 16 boundaries and 6 sixes while batting at a strike rate of 104.73.
He added a record 225 runs for the opening partnership with Quinton de Kock who himself made 120. South Africa bowled out Ireland for 276 and won the match comfortably by 70 runs as the series ended at 1-1.
With the likes of Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks already in contention for the opener's role, Malan's consistent performances have certainly given some headaches to the South African selectors.
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