miller: Playing each game allowed me to settle into my role: Miller | Ahmedabad News

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Ahmedabad: The three consecutive sixes he beat from Prasidh Krishna to seal the first qualifier against the Rajasthan Royals, when his side needed 16 points for the final, at Eden Gardens reflected just how good David Miller can be devastating when he sings.
Enjoying by far the best of his nine IPL seasons so far, the 32-year-old South African scored 449 points in 15 games at 64.14 to become his side’s top scorer. Playing at No.5, he looked a lot more dangerous than when he came up for the Rajasthan Royals or the Punjab Kings. His solid shots to the crunch were a huge factor in GT’s superb run to the final.
It’s hard to believe this southpaw is the same batsman who struggled to prove his worth in IPL-2021 for the Royals – all he managed to score was 124 points in nine games. He only played one solitaire game in IPL-2020, in which he got a duck. In IPL-2019, he completed 213 runs in 10 matches for Kings XI Punjab. It was no surprise when he went unsold in the first round of this year’s IPL auction, before Gujarat Titans snapped him up for Rs 3 cr. So far, this purchase has proven to be a bargain!
Thanks to his captain Hardik Pandya, Miller has finally had “job security” and “role clarity” in the IPL, and is making the most of it. “Definitely something that has changed this season is that I play every game. The last four-five years in the IPL, I had a bad season in 2016 and since then I haven’t really felt that (good) at all. It’s the nature of the IPL, that there are a lot of foreign players and only four can play. I had to go back and work on my game and try to find a way to make it work I was supported throughout, playing all the games and it allows you as a player to settle in and really not worry about the selection, more so (on) games winners. That has been outstanding for me this season,” Miller explained.
Beating a higher spot at No. 5, instead of his usual spot at No. 6, gave him more time to come in, and the promotion also reflects the confidence that team management has in his leadership abilities. the team ship in the middle. . “This season, I hit a little higher. I managed to beat since the start of the season and played all the games, so it was nice not to be inside and outside and I managed to build something all season and to keep my confidence growing,” the Proteas said on the left. -hander.
The strong support from the GT team management helped him stay relaxed. “The environment has a big role to play in all our performances. As a player, if you are seen well off the pitch, you feel comfortable and be yourself,” he said.
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