KARACHI: Before he leaves for national duties in South Africa for the T20 series against West Indians, David Miller was excited about his form in the current HBL Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi.
This year Miller, who had made himself available for just three PSL fixtures, produced a high quality innings of 73, consisting of 46 balls that inspired Peshawar Zalmi in Sheik Zayed Stadium on Saturday evening to win an exciting 61-run victory over Quetta Gladiators.
The most powerful left-hander from Pietermaritzburg who celebrated his 32nd birthday on last Thursday (June 10), praised his batting partner Kamran Akmal as the two rescued their side from 10-2 in the third over with a rollicking partnership of 125 in just 72 deliveries.
“Yes it was so good to play the knock, because for Peshawar Zalmi I only have three games to play, and it was good to help with this team. And it’s always been great to hit a couple of six and fours,” said Miller, player of the match. “After the start I had, I really wanted to make amends this time [after scoring 21 in the defeat against Lahore Qalandars]. I just couldn’t sit around and wait to see their spinners finish their spells because they had three of them.
“I had to attack at some stage and I thought I had to put down a pedal after several early borders to maintain the momentum. It was a good wicket, at the beginning a little up and down, ‘We flowed pretty well [in total] during the innings, I thought Kamran was beautifully battered. And we supplemented each other when he didn’t go and vice versa in maintaining the scoreboard ticking. It was therefore a nice partnership, something we needed after a shaky beginning. We needed a win, not only to weather the storm. Overall, the guys really, really played very well,” signed Miller, who planned his final PSL appearance against the Multan Sultans in this edition.
Who is David Miller?
Miller is a batsman with a left hand who is famous for hitting his power. At the age of 17 in the 2007-2008 season, he debuted for the Dolphins. In that season, he only averaged 12.33, while the dolphins were fifth. In the 2009-10 season when runs flowed from his bat, he was able to turn it around. While the findings were not exactly in favor of his team, he finished 374 runs. He was chosen for a limited series in South Africa’s ‘A’ team against Bangladesh’s ‘A’ and took his good form in five games in which he scoring the total of 195 runs, averaging 65.
He has consistently gained a call for a tour of the West Indians in May-June 2010 by the South African National Team. South Africa was difficult because it had failed in the 2010 World T20 semi-finals. The selectors were looking for new faces and Miller was considered one of the players. He debuted in North Sound, Antigua, in the T20I.
Miller debuted then with the West India on ODI and he made useful contributions to the bat at the end of the innings. In both the T20I and ODIs against Zimbabwe, his good form continued in October. He only scored 30 balls during the ODI series for his first fifty.