IPL 2018: David Miller sees more positives in packed playing schedule
David Miller, who has so far played only two matches for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018, says he is motivated and ready to play whenever the team management decides.cricket Updated: May 07, 2018 10:03 IST
David Miller is one of the few players to have played for one franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 68 matches for Kings XI Punjab, the South African has scored 1613 runs at a strike-rate of 140.63, with eight fifties and a hundred.
‘Killer Miller’ has played some wonderful innings, including his unbeaten 101 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2013. This year he has featured just twice in the playing eleven XI, but Miller is confident his time will come.
In a chat, the 28-year-old talks about Kings XI Punjab’s performances so far in IPL 2018 and South African players taking the Kolpak route to play in England.
Your thoughts after the first eight matches?
“It’s been amazing. Everyone’s playing really well. We have had a few outstanding performances from quite a few players. To win big competitions, you need inspired shows. Everyone has contributed on and off the field. I would say this is Kings XI’s best chance of winning the Indian Premier League.
Tell us about your camaraderie with Indian players in the KXIP squad?
Brilliant guys. It has been a privilege to be a part of the Kings XI franchise for so long and meet such wonderful cricketers like them (R Ashwin, KL Rahul, Yuvraj Singh etc.). It’s nice mingling with them. You learn from them and at the very same time, it’s nice to share your experiences with them.
As for KL, he has a very good future. For sure, an all format India player. Ashwin is a very astute captain. And Yuvi we all know, champion player.”
You haven’t got many chances this year?
Yeah, a bit disappointed, but that’s fine. It’s up to the management to decide the best XI. It’s important to stay motivated. Anytime you can be asked to play.
There’s a perception that South Africa cricketers are more interested in playing IPL or taking the Kolpak route than representing the country. Your take?
The Kolpak thing has been going for the past many years. It only has been media hype because quite a few players took the Kolpak route not so long ago (Kyle Abbott, Simon Harmer, Rilee Rossouw, Stiann van Zyl, Hardus Viljoen and David Wiese with the latest one being Morne Morkel). It’s an individual thing. If that opens up better opportunities for them, it’s great.”
What is your perception of risk while batting?
A word on Chris Gayle.
He’s a great man. I always wanted to know him. Everyone thinks he’s too old and this and that. He’s an absolute legend. He’s the spark KXIP needed.
So much cricket is played these days. How challenging is it for a cricketer to balance the schedule?
There’s a lot more positives than negatives to it. You get to travel around the world, play in different conditions and that improves your skill set. You stay away from the family for most part of the year, but yeah, that’s a part of the journey.