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Shirin Sadikot in Abu Dhabi 18 April 2014 - 09:07pm IST

Want Sehwag’s courage of conviction: Miller

KXIP batsman looks forward to picking the brains of his new teammate

As his team underwent a substantial overhaul at the 2014 IPL Player Auction, David Miller remained one of the very few constants in the Kings XI Punjab camp. The young South African was often the lone warrior of KXIP in the last IPL as they lacked depth in batting firepower.

However, in the first match of this IPL season, Miller was more than happy to play second fiddle with a fine unbeaten 54 off 37 balls, as Glenn Maxwell (95 off 43 balls) inspired the team to an exhilarating and incredible win over CSK, chasing down a mammoth 205.

In a chat with
iplt20.com, Miller was all smiles as he excitedly spoke about his new team-mates. He enthused when talking about sharing the dressing room with Virender Sehwag and told us what he wants to learn from the Nawab of Najafgarh.

Here are excerpts from his interview:

Perfect start to the new season?

Oh, yes! It was a huge target, but the way Maxwell played was unbelievable. It was thrilling to watch.

As one of the very few constants in the team, how have you reacted with all the changes around you?

It has been a big change from the last year. Many new players have come in and we also have a new captain. We have gotten to know each other and will come closer as time goes. It is very exciting to have the new guys to share the dressing room with.

There is a whole bunch of young cricketers in that change room in you, Maxwell, Marsh, Pujara, etc. Does having so many likeminded youngsters help bond the team better?

I think so. They say that youth brings fearlessness and enterprising qualities into a team. I think we saw a glimpse of that in the way we pulled off the tough chase. It is easier to bond with guys your age, but having said that, we also have players like Sehwag and Bailey, who bring knowledge and experience with them.

Talking of Sehwag, have you had the chance of picking his brain yet?

I am doing it gradually. He has been one of my heroes and there’s so much one can learn from him. One thing I would really like to imbibe from him is his courage of conviction. Over the years, he has been so consistent with the way he approaches his game and prepares for it. He has such strong self-belief that it doesn’t matter what anyone says about his game. He has achieved greatness on his own terms.

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