Hard-hitting South African batsman David Miller has mentioned it was a dream come true second for him when he received to play under Australian legend Adam, a participant he has grown up watching. Aussie nice Gilchrist led Kings XI Punjab within the Indian Premier League (IPL) at a time Miller was drafted within the aspect in 2011.
“Adam Gilchrist was the captain at that time, growing up I always looked up to him and Matthew Hayden, I watched Australia play at 3 am in the morning, Gilchrist was captaining me, we had a lot of greats in our side, so it was a dream for me,” Miller, 30, mentioned throughout an Instagram Live session with former Zimbabwe pacer-turned-commentator Pommie Mbangwa.
“In my first year, I did not get a single game at the IPL. Halfway through my second year, I got three games and then in my third year, Adam Gilchrist was retiring, he actually pulled his both hamstrings, I then got a game and that’s when I played my 101 run (unbeaten) knock against RCB.”
The white-ball specialist left-hander additionally revealed that an damage to England pacer Stuart Broad introduced him to the IPL for the primary time.
“The first year, I went into the auction and I did not get picked. Literally 10 days before the IPL, I got a call from Kings XI Punjab and they said we are selecting you and you need to come over as soon as possible, there was an injury to Stuart Broad so I packed my bags and I went to India,” he mentioned.
“That’s where it all started. It was an incredible journey, firstly it was a just a one-year deal, but then they retained me for the next two years at my base price. The first three years of mine at IPL were incredible.”
In 79 matches, Miller scored 1850 runs at 34.26 and a strike-price of 138.78 within the IPL. He was launched by Kings XI forward of final 12 months’s public sale.