• Miller’s IPL experience

    David Miller, fresh from scoring 446 runs in the 2014 Indian Premier League at an average of 44.60, has spoken of the brilliance of his Kings XI Punjab team-mate Virender Sehwag.

    Miller finished sixth on the final table for most sixes, with 21 – sandwiched between AB de Villiers (24) and JP Duminy (20) – and after watching Sehwag slam 122 off 58 balls against the Chennai Super Kings, said he was ‘speechless’.

    ‘It was phenomenal to stand once again on the non-striker’s end and watch him perform like that. It was probably the best seat in the house. So it was really special for me and my career,’ the KwaZulu-Natalian told media before returning to South Africa at the completion of the tournament.

    ‘Honestly, it’s been a true privilege. You always hear a lot of things about people until you meet them, and Sehwag has been a phenomenal man. I have really learnt a lot from him and just the way he goes about things; he has been a humble man and very generous and really good to the younger players.

    ‘He strikes me as fearless. He plays his natural game no matter what the situation. He just backs himself 100 percent,’ Miller said.

    When asked as to what his own role in the Kings XI Punjab team was after they finished runners-up, he replied: ‘Probably, a more supportive role this season, to be honest. Just been really good to sit back and just watch Maxwell clear the ropes so many times and then just to finish off what Sehwag starts was really special. So, it is more of a supportive role. And then, when I feel comfortable to swing the willow, I do it.

    The tournament was Miller’s third in the IPL and the destructive left-hander, whip didn’t get a bat in 2012, scored three fifths, with a highest score of 66. Last year he scored 418 runs at an average of 59.71 that took in a blazing unbeaten 101.

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