NEW DELHI: Swashbuckling South African batsman David Miller has revealed his admiration for Shikhar Dhawan, saying the Indian opener is very professional in his outlook and is consistent as well.
In an exclusive interview with IANS, the 31-year-old left-hander shared his views on his new IPL team - Rajasthan Royals, COVID-19 tests and also spoke about the famous six that made a policeman blind in one eye in 2015.
Miller praised Dhawan's aggressive approach to the game. "There are many cricketers that I admire. Growing up my role models were Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist. Both of them were left-handers and always took the aggressive and positive route. Someone I've really enjoyed seeing batting in the IPL has been Shikhar Dhawan," Miller said.
"I just love how he goes about his game. I've got to know him as a person as well. He is extremely relaxed about his outlook on his game and is very professional. But at the same time, he understands that cricket is cricket and sometimes things turn out differently. But, yeah, just the way he goes about his business and is a really consistent performer. So, I really enjoy watching him bat."
Miller, who will feature for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Indian Premier League in the UAE starting September 19, revealed he also picked former national team-mate AB de Villiers's brain to understand his mindset towards the game.
"With AB, I've always had lots of discussions and I have always told him that he's very lucky that I'm not a bowler because otherwise, he wouldn't be scoring so many runs. Jokes aside, I've been talking with AB about the mindset he goes in with and stuff like that," he said. "So, I've been really fortunate to have him around to chat with, regarding certain things to have had the relationship that I have with him playing for the Proteas for many years now."
Speaking of his maiden stint with Rajasthan Royals, the explosive batsman hinted that it won't be a trouble for him to adjust in the team's environment as he already knows many of their players.
"I've known some of the guys at the Royals having played with and against some of them. I wouldn't say that I know them too well but, obviously, I've known them as competitors. Tom Curran is someone I know pretty well and have got on really well with him in the past," he said. IANS
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