The South Africa in Rajkot sprung up a great surprise as hard-hitting southpaw David Miller opened the batting alongside Quinton De Kock. Miller, who has endured a lean patch on the tour so far, was promoted as an opener in order to spend more time in the middle. Miller, however, threw away a good start and failed to make the most of the opportunity. The South Africans however, are likely to continue with David Miller as the opener in the fourth ODI in Chennai.
The Proteas skipper AB De Villiers felt that Miller deserved another opportunity as an opener since he was an impact player. “He is a very positive player. I like him up the order with the new hardball in India.” “It gives myself, Hashim Amla and Francois du Plessis an opportunity to bat against the spinners in the middle overs. They’ve got 30 overs of spin in the game and I’d like to think Hashim, myself and Faf are the best players of spin in the team so for us to bat at 3, 4 and 5 give India a feeling that they’ve got a lot of work to do to get through our batting line up which worked to the ‘t’ today,” said De Villiers.
De Villiers also said that despite him and Amla not playing well in the third ODI; Du Plessis did well and managed the middle overs perfectly. “Hashim didn’t come off, I also didn’t come off, but Faf came off,” de Villiers said. “There’s always one of the three that comes off in the middle overs and gives freedom for Farhaan Behardien and JP Duminy to enjoy themselves at the end.”
De Villiers also praised Quinton De Kock for his fighting ton in the third ODI. “I think he answered a lot of questions,” de Villiers said. “He is a unique player, he has an immense amount of talent and I love to have him in the side. It’s very nice to have him back doing his thing with the bat and with the gloves. I thought he played extremely well, against the spin, against the seam, paced his innings well, played a mature knock. A lot of opening batsmen on this kind of wicket would have thought to get too many boundaries upfront. He paced his innings well, he got his ones with the odd boundary in between. Amazing batting,” said De Villiers.