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‘I’ll have to give his dad a call’: Steyn on Miller’s ‘technical change’ after IND vs SA 1st T20I

Written by Abhishek Patil

Fresh from a highly-successful Indian Premier League (IPL) spell with Gujarat Titans, David Miller on Thursday notched up 64 not out off 31 balls to help South Africa chase down a 212-run target against India in the T20I series opener at Delhi. Known as ‘Killer’ Miller for his big-hitting, the left-handed batter pummeled the Indian bowlers all over the park and carried his superb IPL form to international cricket.

Interestingly, Andrew, David Miller’s father, had shared a tweet in April saying the batter has made a technical change to his game that experts haven’t been able to pick up.

Following Miller’s match-defining knock against India, former paceman Dale Steyn had a hilarious reaction to the technical adjustment in the South African’s batting.

“I think it’s confidence. He’s always had that six-hitting ability. I can’t see any difference technically,” Steyn told ESPNcricinfo. He quipped “Maybe I’ll have to give his dad a call and find out what technical difference he’s made.”

“Now, he seems to be hitting boundaries when he wants to. If he feels under pressure, he can hit the ball for six. Every time he hits a six, he genuinely hits the ball a long way.

“Since then, he’s just been on this upward curve. Got the nod with the (Gujarat) Titans. Hardik Pandya gave him the freedom to express himself with the bat. It just seems like he’s gotten better and better. He put on the South African jersey today (Thursday) and just continued from where he left off at the IPL. He’s been phenomenal,” Steyn further added.

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