I understand my game a lot better, says David Miller on his rich vein of form
A much better understanding of the game has been the driving force behind David Miller’s rich vein of form in IPL 2022 and now, with the series against India starting from Thursday, the left-handed batter is confident of carrying the good work for Gujarat Titans to South Africa.
Miller was one of the key players for the Titans winning the IPL 2022 trophy on their home ground in Ahmedabad. He had his most prolific IPL 2022 season, amassing 481 runs an average of 68.71 and a strike rate of 142.73 while batting in the middle order, leading to Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma hinting that he could be given the No. 5 slot and face more balls in the series against India.
“I wouldn’t say I have done anything different. Being around for a long time now, one grows and matures in the role I play for so many years, I understand my game a lot better. I still get nervous and go through negative thoughts but I can deal with that pressure a lot better. Understanding my game better in what I need to do has helped,” said Miller in a video by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
“Scoring the amount of runs I did and closing out a couple of games for the team in the IPL was something that I looked forward to before the tournament. Batting in the middle-order, you always do want to finish off games. So I do pride myself on that and it was nice to tick that box,” added Miller, who is just five matches away from completing a century of T20I appearances for the Proteas.
Miller now wants to win the series for South Africa by replicating what he did with Gujarat in their run to trophy in IPL 2022. “Along with that, being successful as a team and winning the trophy was definitely a highlight. Looking into this series now, I want to do much the same. That’s been my objective and goal for many years now to try and win games for the team. Really enjoy the space that I’m in along with the experience we have with the guys. We’ve been playing for a couple of years together and building up a strong team.”
He further felt that as he gained experience while playing international cricket, dealing with pressure is something which has become better now.
“No extra pressure or weight on my shoulders. Every international game I’ve played, regardless of responsibility, regardless of being senior or junior, there’s always a sense of pressure. So, I don’t think it changes at all. As I mentioned, with the experience that I have now, I deal with that a lot better so.”
Miller is also looking forward to sharing his knowledge of playing in Indian conditions with the Proteas apart from his other country-mates who featured in IPL 2022. “It’s quite a nice feeling to know that I’ve been at the IPL for so many years, and can impart knowledge on to Temba and the team. But saying that, there’s few other guys who have also played in the IPL. So, as a team, we’ve got a lot of experience in the changeroom and it’s a good place to be in.”
Miller, who turns a year older on Friday, took a small break to Maldives after IPL 2022 ended and is now refreshed to turn out for South Africa against India. “It’s been quite challenging. Two months of IPL, been quite busy, lot of games. But I feel really, really good in the last couple of years on my physical side of things. I feel good to go, fresh, ready to go. I had a two-day break in Maldives and it was pretty good for the mind. But back into the swing of things and really feeling good to go.”
Mark Zuckerberg strikes gold against jiu jitsu fighters, posts pictures on Instagram
In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has appeared helpless in front of the US Congress where he has been slapped by fines, and fired 11,000 vulnerable employees after being hit by falling revenues. But outside the business arena where Meta is facing tough competition from TikTok and other rivals, Zuckerberg is a huge mixed martial arts fan.
Contrary to setbacks in the tech sector, the Facebook founder has tasted victory in jiu jitsu.
Striking gold, but in a different arena
- The billionaire who has trained with UFC fighters, posted pictures after winning jiu jitsu matches for the first time.
- The billionaire who tried his hand at martial arts, revealed that he won a gold medal in the Gi categroy and a silver medal in the No-GI category.
- His post on Instagram received comments from UFC featherweight and bantamweight category champions, as well as jiu jitsu hall of fame member Bernardo Faria.
Competitive or short tempered?
- The entrepreneur turned sportsperson, who also enjoys surfing, was seen getting into a heated argument after losing a contest during the tournament in California as well.
- On the work front, Zuckerberg’s firm Meta also surprised the markets by bouncing back with strong earnings, after struggling with loss of ad revenue.
Al Hilal swoop in with bumper €400 million per year salary deal amid reports of Lionel Messi leaving PSG
Paris Saint Germain forward Lionel Messi is reportedly planning to cut short his time at FC Barcelona and eventually join Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia. This comes after Messi was suspended for two weeks for travelling to the Kingdom without PSG’s Qatari owners’ permission.
End of Project Messi
Messi had hoped to stay at PSG beyond the end of the current season. However, with recent events, the situation has changed drastically. Given his incredible record with FC Barcelona and PSG, Messi’s potential move to Al-Hilal would undoubtedly shake the football world.
While Messi’s priority remains to play in Europe, transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano reported that Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal has offered the Argentine superstar a bumper contract with a record-breaking salary worth €400 million per year. The potential deal will lead to Messi surpassing his eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns €223 million per year at Al Nassr.
Hindrance to Messi’s Barcelona return
There is strong speculation that Messi may return to his former club, FC Barcelona. However, the club is facing difficulties in shedding the €200 million ($220 million) required from their wage bill to make the deal viable. Despite this challenge, Barcelona is trying to convince La Liga that they have a workable plan to make the numbers work for a potential deal with Messi.
Consequences of Messi’s Suspension
Messi’s suspension was imposed because he went to fulfill his duties as a tourism ambassador. The Argentine will also be docked two weeks’ pay, which Forbes’ recently-published list of the World’s 10 Highest-Paid Athletes 2023 estimated to be around $2.5 million. As a result, Messi will miss games against Troyes and Ajaccio.
In addition, PSG has reportedly cancelled a contract renewal offer to Messi, whose current agreement at the Parc des Princes expires on June 30. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will be free to negotiate with other clubs starting in January 2023.
Saudi Arabia to host FIFA Club World Cup 2023
Saudi Arabia has been named the host of the FIFA Club World Cup 2023, scheduled to take place from December 12-22.
“In relation to the FIFA Club World Cup 2023�, which is due to be played under the current format with seven clubs, the FIFA Council unanimously appointed the Saudi Arabian Football Federation as tournament hosts from 12 to 22 December 2023,” the FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday night.
The unanimous decision was made at a FIFA Council meeting and came only a few days after Real Madrid lifted the trophy in Morocco, following a thrilling 5-3 win over Al-Hilal, the first Saudi club to reach the final of the tournament.
Saudi Arabia will be only the sixth host of the competition since its inception in 2000.
The Gulf nation, earlier this month, was awarded the hosting rights of the men’s Asian Cup 2027 and is also bidding to host the Women’s Asian Cup for the first time in 2026.
The FIFA Council also confirmed a change in the format of the tournament from June 2025 — to expand the FIFA Club World Cup from 24 to 32 teams — with 12 teams from Europe involved along six from CONMEBOL, while CONCACAF, CAF and the AFC will each have four, with one place for the OFC and another for the hosts.
In addition, the Council also confirmed that the hosts of the FIFA World Cup 2026, namely Canada, Mexico and the USA, will qualify automatically as the joint hosts of the tournament, with their slots, therefore, being deducted from the overall allocation of six assigned to Concacaf.
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