South African big-hitter David Miller has been appointed captain of the Kings XI Punjab for the 2016 IPL season.
Miller, who is currently struggling to make the Proteas ODI team, has been playing for KXIP since 2011.
‘David Miller is one of the most talented and explosive players in contemporary cricket and we are so pleased that he has been an integral part of the team. We have complete faith in his capabilities and leadership skills and look forward to a successful season,’ the team said in a statement.
Miller said he was honoured to be given the responsibility. ‘I would like to thank the franchise: promoters, management and all the team members for the confidence they have in me. Kings XI have assembled an exciting squad with a good mixture of youth and experience and I am really looking forward to the opportunity that lies ahead.’
Miller’s coach at KXIP, Sanjay Bangar, said: ‘I have watched David grow as a player. He has displayed outstanding batting abilities and a cool temperament in many high-pressure situations. I am confident in his potential to lead the boys this season.’