Miller: 'Good to stay in the game before World Cup'

South Africa and Kings XI batsman David Miller reflects on the Proteas squad and the importance of IPL as a preparation tournament.

David Miller bats in the nets during KXIP's practice session at Feroz Shah Kotla ground.   -  Sandeep Saxena

South Africa batsman David Miller, who regained form stroking a 27-ball 40 against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL on Tuesday, is pumped up for the remainder of the season.

Currently in the fourth spot after five wins in nine games, Kings XI Punjab has a good chance to make it to the playoffs.

Miller — a part of South Africa’s 15-member World Cup squad announced on Thursday — wants to make every opportunity count. “I have really enjoyed my time so far this season. It is always good to contribute,” he told Sportstar on Friday.

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The workload of World Cup-bound players is a talking point in the Indian cricket fraternity, but Miller feels it is better to remain in the game than stay out. “There is so much cricket in a year. So, it is what it is. The IPL is a big tournament. And now we are playing the tournament before the World Cup, so it is good to stay in the game,” he added.

Though bowling all-rounder Chris Morris missed the World Cup bus, Miller is satisfied with the combination. “We have played for many years together, it is a really nice squad and I am happy with it. We have to finish the IPL games before we get there.”

Miller had started IPL 2019 with an unbeaten 59 against Kolkata Knight Riders, but the bat largely remained quiet except a 43 against Delhi Capitals.

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The knock against Royals will help Miller step into a better head space.

“We have five games to go. Our goal is to play good cricket in the next five games and not think about the playoffs at the moment. We are not worrying about the finals right now,” he said.

After the 139 against Australia in Hobart in November last year, Miller hasn’t registered a big score in ODI cricket; with the World Cup knocking at the door, he will be hungry for runs.