IPL 2022 GT vs RR: David Miller credits South Africa domestic cricket exposure for rise in form

GT batter David Miller reveals how he worked on his game to comeback better in IPL 2022.

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By Samrat Chakraborty | May 28, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

David Miller has been one of the major contributors in Gujarat Titans’ success in IPL 2022. He has scored 449 runs in the ongoing season to mark his best run in the lucrative tournament. His previous best tally in a season saw him score 446 runs for Punjab Kings in 2014. He was later named as the captain of the Punjab Kings in 2016 but stripped off the role in the middle due to a mediocre season. The South African has never featured in an IPL match since then but made sure that he makes the most of his chance for Gujarat Titans. 

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IPL 2022 GT vs RR: David Miller went back to the drawing board

Miller saw a downward spiral for the last five years before returning back to form. The situation made him feel that he was never enough in the IPL due to his poor run and believes that it is in the nature of the game due to its fierce competition and multiple options in place. However, playing for South Africa and some domestic cricket stint, helped him return back to confidence. 

“The last four-five years in the IPL – I had a bad season in 2016 – and since then I haven’t really felt backed at all. It’s the nature of the IPL in the sense that there’s a lot of overseas players and only four can play. So very understandable for teams to think like that,” Miller told espncricinfo. “I had to go back and work on my game and try and find a way to keep going. Though I felt good playing for South Africa, domestic teams in South Africa, but it’s about trying to find the gap between opportunity in a team and that’s what’s happened this season.”

The tough situation and the experience also helped him mature as a player. It also made him deal with his own failures in a better manner. “As you get older and play more cricket, you mature as a player and understand how to deal with failure and what works for you as a player. All these come with experience and I have been in the IPL for 12 years and 14 years in professional cricket”

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