South African skipper Temba Bavuma says the team will be banking on senior player David Miller’s form in the upcoming T20I series against India.
Miller has totaled 481 runs in 16 games for 2022 IPL champions Gujarat Titans this year. The southpaw had an average of 68.71, the best batting average in the tournament, and a strike rate of 142.73.
Miller was an integral part of the middle order of the Titans and saved them from critical situations on a few occasions.
Miller stood tall in his unbeaten 94 against Chennai Super Kings which helped the Titans come from behind and clinch a stunning three-wicket win.
In Qualifying 1 against the Rajasthan Royals, Miller smoked three sixes at Prasidh Krishna in the final as the Titans needed 16 runs on six.
It gives us a lot of confidence to have a fit and confident David Miller: Temba Bavuma
The South African striker went unbeaten at 32 in the final, taking over just after skipper Hardik Pandya was sacked. The Titans won the 2022 IPL Final by seven wickets.
Bavuma said Miller’s form in IPL 2022 will be a major boost for the Proteas against the Men in Blue.
“It’s obviously very nice and it gives us a lot of confidence to have a fit and confident David Miller. More so, his performance at the IPL…and as a team we will feed off of the confidence and knowledge he brings,” Bavuma said during a virtual press conference.
The conversation has always been there about David Miller mounting the order: Temba Bavuma
Miller struck at No.5 for the Titans in the IPL, a position higher than what he beat for South Africa at the T20 Internationals. Bavuma reiterated to promote Miller to the batting order after assessing the situation.
“The conversation has always been there about David coming up in order and facing a lot more balls and having the ability to be a lot more destructive,” Bavuma said.
“He knows where he fits in our team, the role he plays in the team…something he’s done pretty well. But if the opportunity is there to give David a lot more balls to contend with, I’m sure that will be something that will be considered,” he added.
South Africa take on India in the inaugural T20 International on June 9 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
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