No pressure sets Miller free to bat it harder

2014-01-16 00:00

DAVID Miller says he does not feel the pressure every time he gets to the crease to bat for the Dolphins or the Proteas in the shorter formats of the game. He is currently doing duty with the Dolphins as they move forward in their Ram Slam T20 campaign, taking on the Warriors in Port Elizabeth tomorrow evening.

It’s a pleasant sight to see the Dolphins at the right end of the table after two games, having won both and seeking a third consecutive win on the road tomorrow. Miller featured prominently in last game against the Knights in Kimberley, playing a cavalier knock of 56* from 31 balls with four boundaries and three sixes to see the Dolphins home by four wickets, chasing a more than useful 177 to win.

One of his sixes he rates as the biggest he has ever hit, smashing Ryan McLaren over the commentary box and into the dark recesses of Kimberley. However, he knows it’s about the team and getting the Dolphins into a position to challenge for the title and some long forgotten silverware.

“It’s great to be undefeated at this stage but there is still a while to go in the competition,” he said. “There have been contributions from all the players, who have gelled well and found the right combinations.”

Miller said there was no reason for the Dolphins not to finish in the top three of the competition considering the great momentum currently in the camp. “We are disappointed Chris Gayle won’t be joining us as his experience would have been invaluable. But, we are doing fine as we are and, at this stage, have no need for a big player in the side,” he said.

“Everyone in the team is contributing and mentally they are focused on each game, playing for a result and staying at the top end of proceedings.”

Hard work in the past 18 months is reaping success for Miller in all formats of the game.

He has enjoyed solid batting for the Protea One-Day squad when opportunity has allowed, scored a century in each innings of the last four-day series match against the Lions and is keeping opposing fielders chasing leather in the 20 over game.

“I’m enjoying every opportunity I have in the middle and being able to finish off a game after getting in is what my goal is every time I take guard,” he said. “I have nothing to lose in this format and feel no pressure if the side is in trouble when I come out to bat.

“It’s about self-belief and backing myself, which is how I play. Whether we are four down for a few or vice-versa, I play my natural game, as most times there is a result, and the goal is to keep the scoreboard moving. Once I feel comfortable, the game runs its course and if I can play a positive part in the team’s success, I am doing my job.”

Dolphins selectors have opted for the same squad which did duty in Kimberley, staying with the trusted recipe for success. England bowler Graham Onions is still out with a shoulder injury and will probably only return for the remaining four day matches after the T20 competition.

Tomorrow’s match starts at 6 pm and is not broadcast on TV.


Prenelan Subrayen, Kyle Nipper, Morné van Wyk (capt), Craig Alexander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Daryn Smit, Cameron Delport, Robbie Frylinck, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Cody Chetty and Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

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