David Miller

South Africa
Age
June 10, 1989 (32 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
South Africa
Bowling Style
Off break

Left-handed David Miller is South Africa’s most belligerent batsman who has left his mark on the shorter versions of the game. It is quite surprising that South Africa’s selectors have never thought of giving Miller a Test cap. Surely, in the vacuum left by the departure of Kallis and De Villiers, the Test team need a player who can throw caution to the winds and bludgeon rival bowlers into submission, much as Sehwag once did for India. If any player can answer to that job description, it is Miller. Thirty-one-year-old Miller has many years to go before the curtain call of his international cricketing career. And the best may be yet to come.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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-
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Bowling
-
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Team played

South Africa, Dolphins, Durham, Glamorgan, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa A, Yorkshire, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, Hobart Hurricanes, Chattogram Challengers, Uthura Rudras, Knights, St Lucia Zouks, Jamaica Tallawahs, Bloem City Blazers, World XI, Bangla Tigers, Winnipeg Hawks, Durban Heat, Quinny’s Kites

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
134
117
34
3298
139*
39.73
3286
100.37
5
15
243
88
T20I
93
81
27
1722
101*
31.89
1223
140.8
1
4
114
76
Test
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
IPL
79
76
24
1744
101*
33.54
1262
138.19
1
9
118
83

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
134
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
93
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
79
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

ODI Career

In his first ODI, David Miller scored 23 off 16 balls against the West Indies, in May 2010 at North Sound, in a match that South Africa won by 66 runs using the DL method. He got his first ODI half-century in October 2010 at Bloemfontein against Zimbabwe. South Africa batted first and piled up a total of 351/6. In reply, Zimbabwe could manage only 287/6, leaving South Africa winners of the match by 64 runs. He had to wait until January 2015 to get his first ODI hundred against the West Indies at Port Elizabeth. Unfortunately, his 130 not out came in a losing cause as the West Indies successfully chased 263 to win the game.

Defining Moment in the World Cup 2015

A month later in the ICC World Cup, Miller did even better when he smashed 138 not out off 92 balls against Zimbabwe at Hamilton, helping South Africa win by 62 runs. South Africa made 339/4 on the back of Miller’s belligerent innings. Zimbabwe could manage only 277 in reply. During the innings, Miller was involved in an unbeaten 256-run stand for the fifth wicket with Duminy, setting a World Cup record for the fifth wicket. The 2015 World Cup was the highlight of Miller’s ODI career. He scored 324 runs at an average of 65 and a strike rate of 139. His quickfire 49 in 18 balls was not enough to beat New Zealand in the semi-finals and South Africa crashed out of the competition.

Man for the Chase

In October 2016, Miller hammered the Australian bowlers for 118 runs off 79 balls to help chase down an unlikely target of 372. In November 2018, the Australians were again at the receiving end of Miller’s bat when he scored 139 to help South Africa mount a total of 320/5, in a game they won by 40 runs. During the innings, Miller was involved in a 252-run stand with Du Plessis. In his last ODI game in March 2020, Miller scored 3 not out in a successful chase. After Australia had scored 254/7, South Africa chased it down with a couple of balls to spare. In 132 ODI matches, Miller has scored 3231 runs at an average of 40.38 with five centuries, including the highest score of 139. He also has 61 catches to his credit.

T20I Career

Miller became the top scorer for South Africa in his first T20I game against the West Indies at North Sound, boosting the team total to 120/7. In reply, the West Indies scored 119/7, handing South Africa a thrilling win by one run. After scoring several thirties and forties, Miller had to wait until March 2010 to score his first T20I half-century in Dubai against Australia. Batting first, Australia scored 157/9. South Africa managed to chase down the target in 19.2 overs, with Miller becoming the top scorer with 53 off 35 balls. Another match-winning innings transpired in February 2019 at Johannesburg during Pakistan’s tour of South Africa. Batting first, South Africa scored 188/3 on the back of Miller’s top score of 65. In reply, Pakistan could score only 181/7.  In October 2017, in the second T20I of a series against the visiting Bangladesh team, Miller recorded his first T20I century, 101 not out, to help South Africa score 224/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Bangladesh were bundled out for 141 in 18.3 overs to leave South Africa the winners by 83 runs. In 78 T20I matches, Miller has scored 1409 runs at an average of 29.35 with the highest score of 101 not out.

IPL Career

Just as Virat Kohli has stuck with Royal Challengers Bangalore throughout his IPL career, so has David Miller stayed put with Kings XI Punjab since his first IPL season in 2012. The main reason for KXIP’s faith in Miller is the signature innings he played in the 2013 season. In a match at Mohali on 6 May 2013, Royal Challengers Bangalore batted first and put up a decent score of 190/3, thanks to innings of 51 by Pujara, 61 by Gayle and 38 by De Villiers. In reply, the KXIP innings was in disarray by the 10th over with the scoreboard reading 4/64. Then came Miller. After a 130-run stand with R Sathish who made just 27, Miller’s statistics made absurd reading: 101 not out off 38 balls with 8 fours and 7 sixes. Having got there with 12 balls to spare! The 2013 season was by far Miller’s best, with 418 runs in 12 matches at an average of 59.71 and a humongous strike rate of 164.56. His next best performance came in 2014 when he played 16 matches to aggregate 446 runs at 44.60, with a strike rate of 149.16. Miller had another brilliant innings of 89 not out in the 2015 season, though it came in a lost match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. SRH batted first and put up a score of 185/5, Warner leading the way with 81 off 52 balls. As ever, the KXIP innings wobbled to read 4/65 after nine overs. Miller fought a lone battle even as wickets were falling around him. His 89 off 44 balls contained 9 sixes and 2 fours but KXIP ended their 20 overs at 180/7. Overall, Miller has scored 1850 runs in 79 IPL matches at an average of 34.25, with the highest score of 101 not out and a strike rate of 138.78, including 126 fours and 87 sixes. He has also taken 49 catches.

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