Fresh from the highly successful Indian Premier League (IPL) spell with the Gujarat Titans, David Miller scored 64 not out off 31 balls to help South Africa chase down a 212-run target against India in the opening T20I series in Delhi on Thursday. The left-handed batter, known as ‘Killer’ Miller for his big hit, hit Indian bowlers across the park and took his best IPL form to international cricket. (Read More | ‘We reserve high praise for the player, he will disappear after 1 year …’)
Miller was instrumental in the IPL freshman Titans defeating the Rajasthan Royals in the final last month. He is the third highest run scorer for the T20 team with 481 runs in 16 matches in South Africa. The change to international duty did not affect Miller, who teamed up with Rossi van der Dussen to drive the visitors home with five balls remaining. It was South Africa’s highest T20 run chase, stopping India’s 12 T20 victories at Trott.
Interestingly, David Miller’s father, Andrew, shared a tweet in April that experts couldn’t say was a technical change for Batter.
After Miller’s match-defining knock against India, former pacer Dale Steyn had a hilarious reaction to the technical adjustment.
“I think it’s confident. He’s always capable of hitting six. I can’t technically see any difference,” Stein said. ESPNcricinfo. He sarcastically said, “Maybe I should call his father and find out the technical difference he made.”
“Now, he seems to hit boundaries when he wants to. If he is under pressure, he can hit the ball to the six. Every time he hits a six, he honestly hits the ball too far.
“Since then, he has been on this upward line. (Gujarat) has agreed with the Titans. He has given Hordik Pandya the freedom to express himself with the bat. He looks good and good. , ”Stein added.
Miller, who reached his fifty in just 22 balls, was explosive from the word go, but his batting partner van der Dussen found mojo after a scratchy start.
“It’s been faith. I’ve been for a while now but understanding and winning games gives you a lot more confidence,” Miller said after the game. “I’m open enough to bat anywhere. Just want to make a difference.”
India opener Ishaan Kishan, who scored 76, also praised Miller’s batting exploits. “I think Miller is on a good farm right now,” he told reporters.
“We are planning something for these two because if Miller is gone, it will be very difficult to stop him. At the same time, it will be easier for the other batsman on the other end.”