Proteas batting prospect Janneman Malan explains his approach to the game
Proteas batsman Janneman Malan says he starts playing fearlessly every time he goes out at bat.
With the national team in desperate need of top batting talent, Malan has established himself as a candidate to lead the charge, particularly in white ball cricket.
One of three brothers playing first class cricket for Western Province, Malan had an incredible start to his career at ODI despite rare opportunities.
Malan’s 177 against Ireland allowed him to score more runs in his first six innings than any other batsman did in his first half-dozen ODI shots.
Janneman Malan explains his approach
Speaking after that hit, Malan said he tries to let things fall out of his control while at bat.
“At this level you don’t know how many games you’re going to have, so to help me mentally, I’m just thinking if I’m going to miss the next game, I have to go on my own terms,” said Malan.
“I support myself and I don’t want to play out of desperation to keep my place. I let go and do my best, and if it’s not good enough, I can take care of it.
“I wasn’t thinking of Gary Kirsten’s 188 record, not released, I was just in the zone at the time. At that point, I was in that state of flux, just looking at the ball and playing each ball on its merits.
The Proteas slipped to a disappointing loss to Ireland in the second ODI with Quinton de Kock absent, but they fought back with a big win when their star man returned.
De Kock the perfect teacher
Malan and De Kock are a promising white ball opening pair, both capable of hitting destroyers. Team Proteas principal Mark Boucher believes that being exposed to De Kock will improve Malan’s game.
“Janneman Malan had been waiting on the sidelines for a while, but now that he has chances and a taste of international cricket he has done really well,” said Boucher.
“Our deep basin is therefore becoming quite large and it has certainly seized its opportunity. Beating with Quinny, he would have learned a lot of things, and in the end, he was crushing her all over the park.
“He gave the coaches a good headache, that’s a good thing. It’s tough because all of the guys in the field are quality cricketers and ideally we would want them all to play.
The Proteas face Ireland in the first of three T20Is in Dublin on Tuesday before the series moves to Belfast.