Former pacemaker Ashish Nehra praised the efforts of David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen, which made the six-man Indian bowling unit appear less. The South African duo were involved in an unbeaten partnership of 131 runs for the fourth wicket in the first T20I at Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday.
The Proteas recorded their highest ever chase in the shortest format at the expense of the Indian bowling unit. Previously, India registered the highest total at the Delhi location. However, they failed to defend as South Africa pulled down a massive 212 run goal with five balls left.
Nehra praised David Miller’s exploits, saying on Cricbuzz:
“In the form that Miller is in, he started International cricket the same way he left the IPL. India had the bowlers today, even Pandya as the sixth option, but even that wasn’t enough. It’s not easy to get 212 chase, but Miller and van der Dussen didn’t allow the bowlers to settle either.”
The explosive left-handed batter entered the series after a sensational IPL 2022 season. He recorded 481 runs in the Gujarat Titans (GT) winning campaign and continued his intricacies in international cricket.
Believing that trust and experience are the keys to David Miller’s success, Nehra said:
“Miller hasn’t done very well in the last few editions in the IPL, but he is doing well on the international circuit. He had that confidence and he showed it in the IPL, he also has experience and ability.”
“This didn’t happen overnight, it’s not like he did a good few series for the IPL and went up for auction for a lot of money like some Caribbean players.”
The 32-year-old was unsold on the first day of the IPL 2022 mega auction. The new franchise nabbed him for 3 crore after a bidding war with his former franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR).
It turned out to be the best buy for the Gujarat Titans as he made a significant contribution in the middle order.
“You can’t specifically pinpoint where in India their bowling went wrong” – Parthiv Patel
India went with six bowling options in Rishabh Pant’s first match as captain. The problems started when Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to extract the swing with the new ball. Trouble started to build when Dwaine Pretorius counterattacked in the power play to initiate.
The Men in Blue bounced back by a few wickets and led the game halfway through the chase. However, a dropped flyout by Shreyas Iyer caused problems for the team when David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen ended the game over in the final.
Claiming it’s hard to bowl against David Miller when he’s singing, former wicketkeeper batter Parthiv Patel said:
“You can’t pinpoint exactly where India went wrong with their bowling. It’s just that the batters from South Africa played really well. The way Van der Dussen set the pace in the innings was great. It’s hard to get to Miller bowling when he’s in that shape.” “Because you have limited options against someone who has such a wide reach.”
The Temba Bavuma-led side took a 1-0 lead with a win in the first T20I. The teams will meet at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack for the next game on June 12 (Sunday).