David Miller, speaking ahead of South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 opener against Australia on October 23, says he is relying on Hashim Amla’s counsel to succeed in the showcase event. Miller said that Amla advised him not to let setbacks get him down.
Miller, who went undefeated on 20 and 8 in both of South Africa’s warm-up matches ahead of the Super 12, said he felt honoured to play alongside Amla, who he credits with helping him develop as a cricketer.
“The classic adage is that you are only as good as your last performance, but Hashim always told me that you are only as good as your next performance.” Miller was cited by ESPNcricinfo as stating, “It’s about resetting the clock and the mentality, and attempting to control and truly be in the moment.”
“I had the honour of playing with him for many years, and I think the most important thing I learned from him is to not let failure get you down.” On the field, we strive for consistency, and off the field, we want to be a consistent person. Hashim’s influence has always appealed to me since he is pleasant and serene, a tower of power; the quiet assassin.
“Getting the work done was important to him, but so was being kind and consistent as a person.” It’s been a great trip with him, and I’ll remain in touch with him for any advise throughout the T20 World Cup,” he said.
The 32-year-old was also a member of South Africa’s 2013 ODI and T20I squads that competed in the UAE against Pakistan, and he now aims to pass on the experience he learned during the IPL’s previous two seasons.
“It’s great to be a member of the group and share my experiences in terms of leadership.” I believe we have a lot to offer off the field, based on what we’ve learned in the IPLs, prior IPLs, and when we played for South Africa against Pakistan in Dubai. “We’re taking on more and more leadership roles, and maybe it’ll all pay off in the end,” Miller added.