New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab skipper David Miller is not too worried about the ongoing issue of moving the IPL games out of Maharashtra and said his team would look to make their home wherever they find themselves after the matter is resolved.
David Miller. Pic/Suresh Karkera
BCCI and the Bombay High Court are in a tussle regarding the shifting of IPL matches with the latter directing the Indian Cricket Board to shift all the IPL matches after April 30 out of Maharashtra, observing that the plight of drought victims cannot be ignored. "To be honest, it is not really too much of an issue. We have not discussed or talked about that in our team. But wherever we find ourself if the fixture is changed we will look to let do with it and make it our home. We are not too sure about it right now," Miller said.
Kings XI have three IPL matches against -- Delhi Daredevils (May 7), Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 9) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 15) -- scheduled to be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha in Nagpur. After a dismal start to their campaign in IPL-9 where they lost to Gujarat Lions in the opening match, Kings XI is set to take on Delhi Daredevils today and Miller said they will look to be more clever in the middle overs.
"It was not a good first game. Forget about that, we were 20 runs short and so it became difficult to defend but we prepared well in Delhi. We have been here for three days and it was nice to get into the nets. We have become familiar with the conditions," Miller told reporters on the eve of the match.
"Last game, myself and (Glenn) Maxwell were dismissed in one over and it was the turning point of the match. We would look to learn from our mistakes. It was a big momentum swing and then the batters had to rebuilt the innings. It was a big negative. So we have to be more flexible and work on our depth. We need to be clever and run hard for singles and twos.
"It is all about being more clever in the middle overs and finding that balance between limiting the damage and going for boundaries. We still have 13 games to go so lets hope (for the best)," said the 26-year-old South African.
Miller also said they need to create more pressure on the opposition batsmen by drying up runs. "I think we bowled too many boundary balls in the last game. At least there were 20 boundary balls. We need to create more pressure on batters and bowl more dot balls," he said.
"We have worked on few areas and will look to keep it simple. We have done some analysing on our opponents and we are pretty switched on." Asked about pacer Mohit Sharma, Miller said: "Mohit is a serious addition to the squad this year. He has boosted our attack. He is a great teammate and the younger guys can learn from him. His variations are good. He bowled well in the power play and we are fortunate to have some options in bowling."
The South African also said that their preparation was affected by sickness to four of their players. "Unfortunately, four of the guys have been down with sickness. Shaun Marsh was one of them, he has been in hospital. But now he is back and he has been training very hard and lets see how the selection goes. It is not an ideal situation but sometimes this is what you call Delhi belly, yeah!," said Miller.