David Miller is one of the most recognisable International cricketers in India because of the IPL. In fact, in Punjab they even call him Davinder Singh Miller. That’s the beauty of the IPL, where on a certain day an Indian crowd would be rooting for a Kohli or Dhoni failure and Miller or Maxwell success. Miller was part of the Kings 11 Punjab franchise till last year, but two poor seasons eventually forced them to drop him.
He first came into the auction pool in the year 2011 but went unsold as no franchise showed interest in him. It was in extraordinary circumstances just 10 days before the start of the season, he got a call from the Punjab franchise and they asked him to join the team. The squad which was captained by Gilchrist at the time suffered a host of injuries and the South African came in as a replacement for Stuart Broad.
The southpaw who was admittedly Adam Gilchrist’s fan couldn’t believe he was rubbing shoulders and playing under the tutelage of his cricketing hero. While, he didn’t get a game in his first season, and only got very few opportunities in the second one, he eventually became a part of the 11 when Gilchrist pulled both his hamstrings in the 2013 season, that’s when he played the sensational innings of 101* against the RCB.
Miller vividly remembers the moment when he got a phone call from the franchise only 10 days before the IPL and told him about his selection. “The first year, I went into the auction and I did not get picked up, literally 10 days before the IPL, I got a call from Kings XI Punjab and they said we are selecting you and you need to come over as soon as possible, there was an injury to Stuart Broad so I packed my bags and I went to India.”
“That’s where it all started, it was an incredible journey, firstly it was a just a one year deal, but then they retained me for the next two years at my base price. The first three years of mine at IPL were incredible,” David Miller said while speaking to Zimbabwe commentator Pommie Mbangwa on the Instagram live session.