If we think of cricket’s greatest finishers then the name of MS Dhoni always comes to mind. He has been instrumental to India’s success in the past decade and has taken them to victory with his match-winning ability. Team India reaped the benefit of Dhoni’s finishing ability when he hit an unbeaten 97 runs to power his country to a second World Cup victory in 2011. He has since continued to win matches for India and his IPL team Chennai Super Kings.
Dhoni is now retired from international cricket but he will continue to CSK in the Indian Premier League. Fans will continue to see Dhoni’s finishing skills in the upcoming IPL 2020 in UAE.
It is just not the fans who are looking forward to seeing Dhoni but some cricketers as well. South Africa international David Miller is in awe of Dhoni’s finishing skills and the Rajasthan Royals player says he wants to imbibe the former India skipper’s calmness in high-pressure run chases.
Miller will be playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL beginning September 19 after eight years with Kings XI Punjab.
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“I absolutely love the way Dhoni goes about his business. Certainly his calmness – you just think he’s always under control. The way he portrays himself, that’s something he’s extremely good at and I do enjoy that about him. I try and give off the same energy,” Miller told ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
Miller is a Dhoni fan but he is not oblivious to the two-time World Cup winner’s weaknesses even though he prefers to steer clear of the specifics.
“…he’s got his strengths and weaknesses as a batsman and so do I. I tend to be in awe of some of his chases rather than ‘I want to bat like him’. I suppose I just want to finish games like he does.
“Technique-wise and the way you go about it, we all have our own ways. I don’t think I can rate myself or put myself in a category.
“We’ll see how my career unfolds and finishes and then we can look back and sort of judge. Definitely, Dhoni is one of the best finishers ever; he’s proven it many times. I love watching him play.”
Miller played only eight games for KXIP over the 2017 and 2018 seasons and last year he played 10, scoring 213 runs with a strike rate of 129.87.
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What went wrong for him at KXIP in recent years?”The last couple of years I haven’t been playing for Kings XI. I suppose that’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been winning games as well. But in terms of consistency, I feel I’m better than ever before. I’m a lot more experienced now. I know what I’m expected to do.
“In the IPL I had one bad season for Kings XI – and when I say bad season, it wasn’t as good as the previous ones that I had. It wasn’t a horrific season, to say the least.”The 2013 edition was a path-breaking one for Miller, who smashed 418 runs with a strike rate of 164.56. In the following season, he scored 446 runs with a strike rate of 149.16. He has not been able to bat in that range ever since.
“I missed the boat the last couple of years in terms of playing and I think it’s created a thing that I’ve not been playing well. The games that I’ve played in, I have contributed,” said Miller.
(with PTI inputs)