Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya heaped praise on South Africa batter David Miller after the Protea took Gujarat to the finals of the Indian Premier League 2022. Miller, who had been enjoying exceptional form throughout the tournament, came clutch in Qualifier 1, to hit three sixes in the final over of the game.
Needing 16 from the final over, Miller pulverised Rajasthan Royals’ pacer Prasidh Krishna in the first three balls of the over to win the game with three balls remaining. Miller, himself, remained unbeaten on 68 from 38 balls. The Protea, famously known ‘Killer Miller’ for his swashbuckling style, had been fading from world cricket due to inconsistencies. However, this tournament has been a tremendous revival for the batter, who currently has the highest average among all players in the tournament, at a staggering 64 runs per game. He has scored 449 runs from 15 matches and has won Gujarat at least three games.
Speaking after the game, Gujarat captain heaped praise on David Miller and stated that he was the most proud of Miller in the squad ahead of Rashid Khan, another breathtaking performer for Gujarat. On the night, Rashid gave just 15 runs off his four overs and strangled the opposition batters.
Revealing the conversation he had with Miller during the game, Pandya said that they wanted to respect the game.
“It is all about that we respect this game. That’s the conversation I had with Miller. Rashid has been fantastic throughout, but I am more proud of David. I told him ‘let’s respect this game.’ We goofed up against Mumbai Indians, and wanted to respect the game here, even if we lose. But wanted both of us to finish,” he said.
Speaking about his own form in the IPL, Pandya said that he wanted to bat wherever the team required him to be.
“As a cricketer, I have always been the kind of player who will play wherever team wants me to bat. I have not found success batting in my choice, I have found success in playing where the teams need me. We have a batting order where we need players to chip in. 20 runs can also be match-winning runs. We appreciate those 10-15 runs,” he added.
“When we started the tournament, obviously I wanted to win. It is a dream. The four times I have reached an IPL final, I have won the tournament. I was just telling the boys,” he concluded.
Gujarat Titans have reached the finals of the Indian Premier League in the very first edition of the tournament and stand the chance to become only the second team to win it in their first year of existence.