David Miller, fuel left in the tank

David Miller is only 32 but it feels like he has already been in the game for a couple of decades.

A decade in the sport

The reason why Miller might seem like 35 or even more to most cricket fans is that he made his debut in 2010 and has already been playing for more than a decade.

This is one of the perks of starting young that you get a long run. However, there is no shying away from the fact that the last couple of years have not been the greatest for David Miller and he is possibly in the last leg of his career.

Learning from seniors

That said, Miller has shown in recent times that he still has some fuel left in the tank.

“I had the privilege to play with Hashim Amla for many, many years and I suppose what I have learnt from him is to not let failure get you down,” Miller said. “We are striving for consistency in performance and, off the field, trying to be a consistent person as well. That’s what I have really enjoyed about Hashim and his influence, being nice and calm, being a pillar of strength; the silent assassin. He was about getting the job done but more so, being nice and consistent as a person. It has been a good journey with him and I still keep in touch with him and will continue to do that during this World Cup for any advice.”

“In terms of leadership, it’s really nice to be a part of the group and share my experiences,” he said. “I feel like we [some of the senior members of the squad] have got a lot to add off the field – what we’ve learnt in the IPLs, in the previous IPLs and when we played here in Dubai for South Africa against Pakistan. Leadership is something we are taking on more and more, and hopefully, it all plays itself out in results.”

Still going alright

The explosive middle-order batter has been coming up with some fine performances.

In the 2021 T20 World Cup as well, Miller averaged 44 and finished a couple of matches for South Africa while sporting a healthy strike rate of 133.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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