David Miller is in awe of MS Dhoni’s finishing skills. Impressed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s winning skills, South African wants to learn his virtue of remaining calm even in the moments of pressure while chasing a target.
Miller will play for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League starting on September 19. He was in the Kings XI Punjab team for eight years but later he was released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2020 auction.
In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, Miller mentioned his desire for finishing a match like MS Dhoni. He also said that he loves watching Dhoni play. He remains calm even in moments of pressure. Miller also wants to be on the field in the same way. He wants to bat like him while chasing the target. He wants to be a ‘finisher’ like him.
” I absolutely love the way Dhoni goes about his business. Certainly his calmness – you just think he’s always under control. The way he portrays himself, that’s something he’s extremely good at and I do enjoy that about him. I try and give off the same energy. But in terms of an actual chase, he’s got his strengths and weaknesses as a batsman and so do I. I tend to be in awe of some of his chases rather than “I want to bat like him.” I suppose I just want to finish games as he does.
“Technique-wise and the way you go about it, we all have our own ways. I don’t think I can rate myself or put myself in a category. We’ll see how my career unfolds and finishes and then we can look back and sort of judge. Definitely, Dhoni is one of the best finishers ever; he’s proven it many times. I love watching him play”, Miller told ESPNcricinfo.
Miller played only eight games for KXIP over the 2017 and 2018 seasons and last year he played 10, scoring 213 runs with a strike rate of 129.87.
South African said that for the last few years he was not playing much for Punjab and that is the reason why he was not able to win the match either. Now he has more experience and knows what to do.
“The last couple of years I haven’t been playing for Kings XI. I suppose that’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been winning games as well. But in terms of consistency, I feel I’m better than ever before. I’m a lot more experienced now. I know what I’m expected to do.
“In the IPL I had one bad season for Kings XI – and when I say bad season, it wasn’t as good as the previous ones that I had. It wasn’t a horrific season, to say the least.”