Gujarat Titans (GT) batter David Miller’s resurgence in the IPL 2022 season has been one of the best stories and the South African spoke about the factors that played a role in his return to form.
Miller is the second-highest score for GT behind Hardik Pandya, with 449 runs in 15 matches at an average of 64.14 coming at a strike rate of 141.19. He was backed by the team and Miller has reposed their faith in him.
“As you get older and play more cricket, you mature as a player and understand how to deal with failure and what works for you as a player. All these come with experience and I have been in the IPL for 12 years and 14 years in professional cricket.”
“So I should know my game by now and I feel like I am in a place where I am enjoying taking on certain roles and challenges and loving being part of this successful team,” Miller was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“I had to go back and work on my game” – David Miller
Miller had a breakout season for Punjab back in 2014 but one poor season in 2016 meant he started falling behind with respect to other overseas players. Fortunately, GT knew what he is capable of and made it work with the Proteas player.
“The last four five years in the IPL – I had a bad season in 2016 – and since then I haven’t really felt backed at all. It’s the nature of the IPL in the sense that there are a lot of overseas players and only four can play. So very understandable for teams to think like that.”
“I had to go back and work on my game and try and find a way to keep going. Though I felt good playing for South Africa, domestic teams in South Africa, but it’s about trying to find the gap between opportunity in a team and that’s what’s happened this season,” he also added.
Miller had a couple of failures early on but GT decided to stick with him to strengthen their middle order.
“I have been backed all through, playing all the games and it allows you as a player to settle and to really not worry about the selection, more so actually winning games,” the left-hander concluded.