David Miller

David Miller currently averages 117.33 in IPL 2013 and has come a long way in sealing his reputation as a clutch player since his tournament debut last season © IANS

Mohali: May 7, 2013

Five runs were needed for David Miller to complete his century and Kings XI Punjab needed three to win. Miller carted Chris Gayle for a six. Miller’s unbeaten 101 off just 38 balls will be recorded as one of the best Twenty20 knocks in the annals of history. Miller’s batting heroics came whilst Punjab were chasing an imposing 191 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Punjab looked like losing their way when they were reeling at 64 for four. But David Miller believed that Punjab would win the match.

“Nothing much was really going through my mind when I came in to bat,” said Miller. “We still needed 12 runs an over, and it was quite a lot of runs to get. And I suppose it allowed me the freedom to do what I did, which is just clear the ropes and not have too much pressure. So, it was really enjoyable,” said Miller to an interview to IPLT20.com.

“You remind me of my young days,” said a certain Chris Gayle which comes closest when it comes to making sense of what one saw at Mohali on Monday.

Miller rates Gayle as the best Twenty20 batsman. “Gayle is by far the biggest hitter ever and a great batsman as well. He is good to watch,” he said.

However, the 23-year-old South African did say that hitting the winning six off Gayle was special. “It was really enjoyable for me. It was a great feeling to hit that six,” Miller said.

Miller currently averages 117.33 in IPL 2013 and has come a long way in sealing his reputation as a clutch player since his tournament debut last season. Last season, he featured in a few matches and sported a modest average of 32.66 while scoring a total of 98 runs.

Although his reputation has grown and batting average has boosted up considerably what has not changed is his approach towards batting.”Nothing much really has changed with my batting (compared to last IPL). In 2012, I came in for only six games and then was off. I think now getting the freedom of playing a few more games is really nice to know, mentally. And it is just one of those things where I am actually loving my cricket at the moment,” he said.

Miller has been KXIP’s go-to guy in clutch situations – especially during run chases. Prior to the RCB game, Miller played similar knocks against Mumbai Indians and table-toppers Chennai Super Kings. But the innings in Mohali came in a winning cause.

“Probably, it is the best innings I have played. It is the fastest I have ever played, and definitely the most enjoyable one.” He added, “There wasn’t a different approach in today’s innings. The pitch was a little bit different in Chennai. But I think we left ourselves a little bit too much to get in the Chennai game. Basically, nothing has really changed. I have stuck to what I have been doing and my game plan; and it is just consistent throughout,” said Miller.

KXIP are now well and truly back in the hunt for a playoffs spot after Miller’s marauding. “We have got to win, I think, four out of five games. So, there is obviously still a lot of games to play. We have just got to try and win it all,” he said.