Miller - If not a cricketer, an Architect
Sport Pulse article.
Kingston, Jamaica - The Jamaican sensation Nikita Miller took out some time from his precious training sessions to answer a few questions asked by SportPulse Correspondent.
Before posting the entire conversation, Nikita Miller's career highlights are a must to see. He has played 39 ODIs for West Indies and succeeded in bagging a Test cap to his name as well, but his record in International Cricket does not reflect the talent he has got.
The First Class record, however, reflects the true shadow of his talent. A bowling average of just 16 in First Class Cricket in 56 matches can be considered as one of the most sensational stats for a bowling all-rounder. Below is a short chat with the Jamaican star.
Q. How do you think you have changed in terms of your playing after you debuted for W.I.?
Nikita: I thought is was extremely difficult to play at that stage watching on television but after I actually played I realized that once you are capable skill wise and you believe you can do well and so I did, and I got more confident.
Q. The West Indies selectors keep overlooking you and select other spinners. What are your efforts currently to be a part of the national team?
Nikita: In sports people have a dip in form from time to time and I did and there were a lot of spinners performing regionally so they got their chance and did well so I have to be patient and continue to work hard to get back which I am trying to do at the moment with the West Indies A team in India presently. You have to adopt a never give up mentality or you will fall by the way.
Q. How frustrating is it to not be a part of the national team despite showing a string of good performances?
Nikita: It's normal to feel disappointed, but I'm working hard and I'm believing it will pay off in good time so I jus supporting who is there until my time comes.
Q. You have batted and scored quite a few runs in FC cricket. Have you ever considered being an allrounder?
Nikita: I am very happy with my performance as a batsman too, and I have always thought over becoming an all-rounder. I am also currently working on that aspect of the game too.
Q What, according to you, is your most memorable bowling spell and why?
Nikita: Australia vs West Indies at The Wanderers against South Africa. I bowled 10 overs for about 24 runs got 2 wickets, in that I got Ricky Ponting stumped and just the way in which I had one of the best batsman to ever play the game playing was pleasing to me, unsure why he couldn't score against me freely as the ball was coming out lovely tht day.
Q. You recently played for the Jamaica Tallawahs. How was your experience playing with international players?
Nikita: It was brilliant and I loved every minute of it, I learned a lot from that experience, to be advised by the legend in Murali, listening to Sangakkara speak about cricket was priceless. Sharing the field with stars from Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka was a moment that I can't forget. I just can't wait for next year and would be aiming to win the league for my team.
Q. Which format do you prefer most, T20, ODI or Test and why?
Nikita: Test Cricket all the way. It is where the true meaning of cricket is displayed and expressed. ODIs and T20s have their own role in Cricket and should always be a part of our lovely game and so too Test Cricket.
Q. Who is your role model?
Nikita: I don't have have a role model, I believe I can learn from just about anyone. The message is important not the messenger.
When asked about what he loves to do besides Cricket, he immediately said about spending time with friends and family. He also told us that he would have really like to be an Architect, if he were not a Cricketer.