David Miller: No new shots available in T20s

David Miller, the South African middle-order batsman, has qualities to change the game in a jiffy with an array of shots, but the left hander feels that virtually all kinds of shots have been played in the game.

David Miller at a press conference in Mumbai on Friday.   -  Prashant Nakwe

>David Miller, the South African middle-order batsman, has qualities to change the game in a jiffy with an array of shots, but the left hander feels that virtually all kinds of shots have been played in the game.

"To be honest, I don't think any new shot is available in Twenty20 or any other format of cricket. Different shots have been played in the last few years and I think it's just about nailing down what shot you want to play. AB de Villiers plays all sorts of shots and Faf du Plessis plays the 'Dilscoop', and it's all about individuals having shots in their gameplan and working on that.''

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After losing the three match series against Australia 1-2, the South Africans landed here on Friday evening and straightaway arrived for the media interaction. "There is a big warm-up game against India [on Saturday]. It's another game we would like to win. It's nice to have landed this afternoon and get some rest before [Saturday's] game. It was a good preparation against Australia leading to the World Cup,'' said Miller.

Attitude key

Miller, named captain of the Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming ninth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), said other teams have made great progress and that no game will be easy. "This is a World cup. It's about the attitude we bring on each day and that's going to take us a long way in this tournament. We have not lost too many games in the last year. Playing the IPL here is going to be helpful. I know the guys are well prepared and mentally know what to expect here in terms of conditions.''

He expressed his belief that his team will try and adapt quickly to any kind of pitch it gets to play. "It's only a match of three hours' duration and so it's not going to break up. We have to assess it quickly and react to that. We had a good Twenty20 series against India not long ago and so hopefully we will keep that momentum going in the group stage.''