David Miller – The Killer
33-year-old left-handed batter David Miller is known for his ability to finish matches almost single-handedly. Miller’s batting position traditionally varies within 5th to 7th and in each position, he averages above 35.
The path to the South Africa team wasn’t an easy one for Miller. His first season in domestic cricket was back in 2007 at the age of 17 and international debut finally happened in 2010 against the West Indies. His 26-ball 33 in the first match was crucial to help South Africa win the match by 1 run. The 2013 edition of the Indian T20 league was a turning point in Miller’s career as he lit up the pitches with his explosive batting. It was Miller’s 38-ball century that scripted history for the Punjab franchise.
That knock was crucial in putting Miller’s international career back on track as well. Miller never had to look back after that. Miller had more than 150 appearances for his country in the 50-over format and has featured in more than 100 games in the T20Is. His 140+ strike rate is among the highest in international T20 cricket. David Miller’s form with the bat played a key role in Gujarat winning the Indian T20 League title in 2022.
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David Miller Personal Details
- David Andrew Miller
- 33 Year
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Playing Role
- Middle-order batter
- Batting Style
- Left-handed batter
- Current Team
- South Africa National Cricket Team, Gujarat Team
- Jersey Number
David Miller’s Current Rankings
- Game Format
- ICC Bowling Rankings
David Miller Stats
- 139 vs AUS
- 106* vs IND
David Miller Key Skills and Strengths
There is a popular catchphrase about Miller that goes, “If it’s in the V, it’s in the tree; if it’s in the arc, it’s out of the park.” This was termed after the left-hander had set the Indian T20 League on fire back in 2013. Miller remains one of the most explosive batters in modern-day cricket and has got what it takes to win a match almost single-handedly. He has a strong bottom-hand that comes into play when he gets any delivery on the slot. Miller can play shots all round the wicket but mostly prefers to slog the ball on the on side. He can hit a flat six at ease and puts power in the shot to carry the ball over the line.
Miller has himself confessed that he is working on his ability to hit the ball down the ground even more and not just slog it. He aims to be a calmer and composed batter, who could build his innings before going for the big shots in T20 cricket. A lot of that effort has been seen in the way he has been approaching his innings of late.
David Miller Awards and Achievements
Since Miller mostly gets his chances lower down the order, he isn’t allowed way too many chances of putting his name in cricket’s history books. He is mostly a utility batter whose importance can only be helped by his team’s support staff and teammates.
Here are some of Miller’s biggest achievements in international T20 cricket:
In 2012, Miller became the first player from South Africa to be adjudged the Player of the Match for the most number of times in T20 international matches.
He got the opportunity to lead his side in the recently-concluded T20 series against England. He made the tournament special by winning the series 2-1.
In August 2017, David Miller was named in a World XI side to play T20I matches against Pakistan in the 2017 Independence Cup in Lahore.
Miller was named in the 2021 ICC Men's T20I Team of the Year.
David Miller’s Indian T20 League Journey
A relatively-unknown Miller was bought by the Punjab team before the 2012 edition of the tournament. Owing to the limitations regarding the use of foreign cricketers, Miller didn’t get too many chances in the first season. However, he showed his fans what he is made of in his second season, finishing with 418 runs at an average of 59.71 and a strike rate of 164. Miller stayed with the Punjab team until 2019 before being bought by the Rajasthan team. He was a member of the newly-introduced Gujarat team last year, helping them clinch their maiden Indian T20 League title.
- Indian T20 League
- 101* vs Banglore
David Miller: FAQs
Miller earned the name after his explosive innings of 101* off 38 balls against Bangalore in the 2013 edition of the Indian T20 League.
As a youngster, David Miller played tennis, hockey and squash before eventually opting for cricket.
David Miller has played for 3 teams in the Indian T20 League - Punjab (2012-19), Rajasthan (2020-21) and Gujarat (2022-Present).
Miller is a fan of Preity Zinta, the owner of his former side Punjab in the Indian T20 League.