Miller setting sights on senior team
Jamaica and West Indies left-arm spinner Nikita Miller still harbours hopes of again making the regional senior team.
Currently with the West Indies A team in India, Miller said though disappointed that he has been overlooked by the regional selectors despite being among the leading regional wicket-takers over the past few years, he intended to continue to work hard to impress them and force his way back into the side.
“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,” he said.
Miller added: “ It’s normal to feel disappointed, but I’m working hard and I’m believing it will pay off in good time so I [am]just supporting who is there until my time comes.”
The left-arm orthodox spinner said he was delighted with being a part of the successful Jamaica Tallawahs that recently won the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 Tournament.
“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,” he said.
But Miller left no doubt as to what was his favourite format of the game.
“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,” he said.
The 31-year-old has played a solitary wicketless Test and 39 One-Day Internationals where he has captured 30 wickets at an average of 40.63 and an economy rate of 3.04.
His first-class record has been outstanding where he has 276 wickets in 56 matches at an average of 15.64 and at an economy rate of 1.92. He has 16 five-wicket hauls, 16 four-wicket hauls and five 10-wicket match hauls.
His lone Test came in 2009 and his last ODI was in 2011. Since then the likes of Sunil Narine, Shane Shillingford and Veerasammy Permaul have found the selectors’ favour ahead of him. (WG/windiescricket)