The intensity is still the same as it was more than a decade ago when he made his debut, but what has changed for David Miller is his ability to “understand the game better” and handle pressure with consummate ease. ability.
Miller is enjoying his newfound star status after playing a pivotal role in Gujarat Titans. IPL Won with 481 runs. More importantly, he won at least four games in the finisher role.
“The number of runs I scored, closing a few matches is something I saw before the start of the IPL. Batting in the middle order, you want to end the game. So it was good to tick that box,” Miller said ahead of South Africa’s five-match T20I series against India.
In the past, a lack of consistency has been a curse for Miller despite his immense talent, but he feels he hasn’t changed his game much. But it is understanding that has made the difference.
“I wouldn’t say that I did anything different. Having been around for a long time now, as I grow and mature in the role I play for so many years, I understand my game much better,” They said.
“I still get nervous and go through negative thoughts but I can deal with that pressure better. What I need to do has helped me understand my game better,” he explained.
With five matches left for South Africa to complete 100 matches in the shortest format, Miller feels he brings peace to the change-room.
“For me, I find myself trying to make that peace in the change room, trying to clarify a few things with young people about what they need to do better.
“It’s really fun to give advice but at the same time you’re always growing as a player and learning from young people about the mindset of how they approach the game,” Miller said.
His IPL performance will not put any extra pressure on him.
“There is no extra pressure or weight on my shoulders. In all the international matches I have played, whether senior or junior, there has always been a sense of pressure. So I don’t think it changes. Just with experience I deal with this much better. ,
The short holiday to Maldives also helped a lot.
“It has been very tough with so many IPL games but I am working really hard on the physical side of things. After two days break in Maldives I feel refreshed and better. Very good for the mind,” he concluded.