David Miller Sheds Light On Constant COVID-19 Tests

David Miller has stressed COVID-19 tests are important although uncomfortable and players will get used to it with time. The dashing South African batsman has also revealed his admiration for Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, saying that he is very professional in his outlook and approach to cricket. In an exclusive interview with IANS, the 31-year-old left-hander from overseas David Miller 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. David Miller Admires Shikhar Dhawan And Is Lucky To Be

David Miller Sheds Light On Constant COVID-19 Tests
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David Miller has stressed COVID-19 tests are important although uncomfortable and players will get used to it with time. The dashing South African batsman has also revealed his admiration for Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, saying that he is very professional in his outlook and approach to cricket.

In an exclusive interview with IANS, the 31-year-old left-hander from overseas David Miller 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.

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David Miller (Credits – Getty)

David Miller Admires Shikhar Dhawan And Is Lucky To Be In South African Team

David Miller praised Shikhar Dhawan’s aggressive approach to cricket besides stressing that he admires Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist who are both aggressive left-handers.

“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.

“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.”

David Miller, who will feature for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL in the UAE starting September 19, revealed that he was lucky and fortunate to be on the same national team as AB De Villiers.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers Image Credit: Getty Images.

He said, “So, I’ve been really fortunate to have him(AB De Villiers) 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. So, I’ve actually played with quite a few of the guys but I am really looking forward to meeting with the guys with whom I haven’t played much and the whole of the team,” he added.

Tom Curran, Andrew Tye, Oshane Thomas, Ankit Rajpoot and Manan Vohra have played alongside David Miller in Kings XI Punjab but will represent Rajasthan Royals this time around.

David Miller Says It Covid-19 Tests Are Very Uncomfortable But Important

The cricketers will have to undergo six-day quarantine period after arriving at UAE as a total of 1988 RT-PCR Covid tests were carried out between August 20 to August 28.

Asked about his struggles, like COVID-19 testing he faced while travelling to Dubai, Miller said he has got used to it now. “I’ve been tested around six or seven times since the whole thing started. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling but it’s obviously important, we need to do it and you do get used to these things with time,” he said.

David Miller
David Miller

During the 2015 IPL season, a ball that David Miller hit for a six in Kolkata hit a policeman’s left eye and he was blinded. Similar cases will not be repeated as IPL will be played in empty stadiums this time due to covid-19.

“It was extremely serious and I think I blinded the policeman and it was quite a situation that we had. I still remember the shot and how it went through the air and everything unraveled in a couple of days actually.

“Fortunately, that is not going to be happening this year without the crowds,” he laughed, referring to the likely empty stands during the IPL in the UAE. ” T20 and IPL, though, is going to be very different with no crowds, to be honest,” he concluded.

13 personnel of CSK squad have tested positive out of which 2 are players and they have been isolated and are being monitored by IPL Medical Team.

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