IPL 2021: “Fantastic” David Miller could be “left-handed finisher” for Rajasthan Royals, says Kumar Sangakkara


David Miller only played one game in the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year, but Rajasthan Royals (RR) Cricket Director Kumar Sangakkara knows how dangerous the reckless batsman can be in the shortest format. Miller delivered a stunning show of hitting last week by looting an unbeaten 85 of 45 balls (5 fours, 7 sixes) to help South Africa recover from 65 for seven against Pakistan in the third T20I. The South African batsman is known for his power-hitting, but still couldn’t find his name in the star-studded Rajasthan Royals who played XI in IPL 2020. Sangakkara said Miller has all the ‘guns’ to be one of the Royals to become. important batsmen, indicating that the South African cricketer is getting his fair shot in this year’s IPL.

“Well, I think he’s a fantastic player. The left-handed finisher. He has the ability to punish the attack. He had a very good innings in the last T20 against Pakistan, where he took South Africa out of the very difficult situation. Sangakkara said during a virtual press conference on Friday.

“So he has all the weapons to become a very important batsman for us in the mid to death period. And at the same time, he’s a great guy with a great character and it’s great to have him on a team. us in terms of benefit, ”he continued.

“So if he gets the chance, he’ll be able to do very well for RR. You can’t really guarantee performance, but if you follow the process, the result will follow,” added Sangakkara.

Rajasthan Royals bought South African Chris Morris for Rs 16.25 crore, making the all-rounder the most expensive player in an IPL auction on Thursday.

Sangakkara, however, agreed that Morris’s price was on the higher side, he was pleased with the South African all-rounder for his ability to finish the games with the bat.

“We are also happy to have Chris Morris with us, simply for what he brings to the side, both with the bat and with the ball. Especially with the ball, his numbers over the IPLs are very good and his ability to compete with the ball. bat finish. lowering the order is helpful, ”Sangakkara said in a statement.

“Yes, the price was on the higher side, but we are looking for a very specific role with Chris and are very happy to have someone like him in our squad,” he added.

Indian all-rounder Shivam Dube was also selected by Rajasthan Royals at the auction for Rs 4.4 crore. Sangakkara, the former Sri Lankan skipper, said the party was specifically looking for someone like Shivam for the middle class.


“It was an exciting auction. From our point of view, we were focused on certain players and we are happy that we met our goals. We looked to Shivam Dube for that middle order in our batting line-up and finally got him,” said Sangakkara.

“We are delighted to have picked up a number of talented Indian youth, all adding different dimensions to our roster. As a team, we are very happy with the goals we have been able to achieve and look forward to working with the squad during the IPL now, ”he added.

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