Karun Nair will do fine as Daredevils captain, says David Miller

The South African could relate to Nair’s elevation to captaincy with limited leadership experience.

David Miller... “I want to test myself as captain again - this is something that is very dear to me.”   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

In the middle of Kings XI Punjab’s Indian Premier League campaign last year, David Miller was replaced as captain. This came on the back of poor form during his team’s run of five losses in six outings. Miller, a surprise candidate for the skipper’s post to begin with, vacated his seat for Murali Vijay.

The South African has words of encouragement for Karun Nair, who was recently appointed captain of the struggling Delhi Daredevils franchise. Karun, much like Miller, took on the role with limited leadership experience. “I can definitely relate to Karun’s situation. It is a lot easier to have all the right answers for everything when you watch from the outside. Having said that, being the captain adds great weight to your career. I think he (Karun) will do just fine,” Miller said.

Miller added that he hopes to lead a side again. “I want to test myself as captain again - this is something that is very dear to me,” he said, in an interaction with Sportstar here on Friday.

The 27-year-old expressed concern about the health of Wayne Parnell. A few days ago, while playing for English county team Kent, Parnell left the field after bowling four overs. He reportedly complained of an elevated heart rate, but was subsequently cleared by doctors. “I’m not aware of what exactly happened with Parnell, but it is not a nice situation. It was bad when (England batsman) James Taylor retired due to a heart condition a year ago. As players, we have to do regular medical tests to handle even minor issues,“ Miller said.

‘Massive’

On the soon-to-be-launched Cricket South Africa #T20 Global Destination League, a franchise-based T20 competition in his home country, Miller said, “In a financial sense, it will keep things alive. This means that South African cricketers will not have to go overseas to make a living. This tournament will never be as big as IPL, but it will be massive for cricket in South Africa.”

Joining Miller on the tournament’s list of marquee players is fellow Kings XI Punjab batsman Hashim Amla. He has been on a roll this IPL season, topping the list of run-scorers for his side. Amla believes that it should no longer surprise fans when classical batsmen like himself excel in the shortest format. “In every edition of the IPL, there have been guys who have succeeded by playing a more traditional, classical game. And every year, these cases are received with surprise. It is not actually a surprise any more. Last year, Virat (Kohli) did so well, and you wouldn’t call him unorthodox. The same goes for Kane (Williamson). There are many ways of scoring fours and sixes, not just by smashing every single ball,” Amla said.

The 34-year-old stated that he shares a good relationship with Virender Sehwag, the Head of Cricket Operations at KXIP. "We may be different types of players, but Viru and I are very similar in our approach. Both of us keep it simple and enjoy the game,” he said.

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