When 16 runs were required, David Miller struck a hat-trick of sixes in the first three deliveries of the final over to send Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 final. GT defeated Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, with Miller hitting Prasidh Krishna for three soaring sixes. Hardik Pandya, the GT captain, praised Miller after the game and disclosed a talk he had with him when batting in the middle.

“It’s all about how much we value this game. That was our chat with Miller. Although Rashid has been outstanding throughout, I am most proud of David. “Let’s respect this game,” I urged him. We made a mistake against the Mumbai Indians and wanted to show respect for the game even though we lost. But he wanted us both to finish “In the post-match presentation ceremony on Tuesday, Pandya remarked.

For his undefeated 68 off 38 balls, Miller was named player of the match. He was on 10 off 14 balls at one point, but his last partner, Hardik Pandya, was going all guns blazing. And when Pandya slowed down at the finish, Miller was the one who took things into his own hands. The fourth-wicket stand between Miller and Pantya was a game-changer for GT, who had been dealt a twin blow in the middle with Shubman Gill and Matthew Wade. Pandya and Miller combined for an undefeated 106-run stand to help their team to victory.

“A lot of people counted David Miller,” Pandya added, but after being purchased in the super auction earlier this year, he was always a “match-winner” for GT.

“Many people wrote David Miller off, but we saw him as a match-winner from the moment we got him at auction. We had anticipated him to do what he did today. But it was crucial for us to emphasise his value, show him our affection, and make it clear what we expect of him. It’s OK if he fails; it’s just a game “At the post-match news conference, Pandya stated.