IPL 2016 April 30, 2016

Miller dropped as Kings XI captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Kings XI have dropped David Miller as captain for the remainder of the 2016 IPL season and appointed M Vijay in his place. The decision came after Kings XI lost five of their first six games of the tournament, with Miller making 76 runs in six innings at a strike-rate of 129.

"David Miller continues to be an integral part of the team and is a very strong player of the squad," Kings XI, last in the league at the moment, said in a statement on the eve of their match against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot.

Miller's appointment as George Bailey's successor in February was a surprise because he had no significant captaincy experience in South African domestic cricket, having only led KwaZulu Natal in three Africa T20 Cup games in 2015-16 and their Under-19 side once in 2007-08. He has been with Kings XI since 2011, when he joined them as a replacement for England allrounder Dimitri Mascarenhas, and was one of four players retained by the franchise ahead of the 2016 player auction.

Vijay also does not have much captaincy experience. He has led Tamil Nadu in only 13 matches across formats - seven T20s - between 2009 and 2011. His form in the IPL season has also been ordinary - 143 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 113.50.