David Miller, fresh off a highly successful IPL stint with Gujarat Titans, scored 64 not out off 31 balls on Thursday to help South Africa chase down a 212-run against India in the T20I series opener in Delhi. Miller, dubbed ‘Killer’ for his big-hitting, hammered Indian bowlers all over the park in the game and maintained his excellent form in international cricket.
Miller was a vital player for Gujarat Titans, who won the IPL for the first time last month after defeating Rajasthan Royals in the final. With 481 runs in 16 games, the South African was the T20 team’s third-highest run-scorer.
Miller seemed unaffected by his call to international service, as he paired up with Rassie van der Dussen to see the visitors home with five balls to spare. It was also South Africa’s biggest T20 run chase, halting India’s record of 12 consecutive T20 victories.
David Miller Is Hitting Sixes Whenever He Wants: Dale Steyn
In April, Andrew Miller, David Miller’s father, tweeted that the batter had made a technical change to his game that specialists had been unable to detect.
Former paceman Dale Steyn had a humorous reaction to the technical change after Miller’s match-winning innings against India.
“I think it’s confidence. He’s always had that six-hitting ability. I can’t see any difference technically. Maybe I’ll have to give his dad a call and find out what technical difference he’s made.
“Now, he seems to be hitting boundaries when he wants to. If he feels under pressure, he can hit the ball for six. Every time he hits a six, he genuinely hits the ball a long way,” Steyn told ESPNcricinfo.
“Since then, he’s just been on this upward curve. Got the nod with the (Gujarat) Titans. Hardik Pandya gave him the freedom to express himself with the bat.
“It just seems like he’s gotten better and better. He put on the South African jersey today (Thursday) and just continued from where he left off at the IPL. He’s been phenomenal,” Steyn further added.
Miller will hope to continue with this batting form going ahead in the series.