David Miller, South Africa batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Miller's chance to finally prove his potential

As with JP Duminy, Miller is in danger of being remembered for not living up to his potential. The 2019 World Cup is a priceless chance for him to put that right.

Telford Vice, Apr 30, 2019 16:29:03 IST

Some people would pay good money just to watch David Miller in the field. The way he swoops about the outfield, chasing down the unchaseable, efficiently untangling himself into strong throwing positions, delivering those throws fast, flat and fully on target is a sight to behold. And that’s without considering the difficult catches he makes look simple.

File picture of David Miller. AP

File picture of David Miller. AP

But it’s as a blazing middle-order bat that Miller earns his keep, and while he has more than got the job done in competitions like the Indian Premier League he has less to celebrate at the higher international level.

It took him 55 ODI innings to score his first century, against West Indies at St George’s Park in January 2015 — which is partially explained by the fact that at that stage of his career he had batted above No 6 only 11 times. Another salient point is that, in that time, he missed 38 ODIs. So Miller has a legitimate gripe that he has not been given a fair number of playing opportunities. He has less of a case for fulfilling his long-standing ambition to play Test cricket, what with only six centuries in his 99 first-class innings.

Even so, there are few more masterful blasters of a cricket ball in the modern game, and Miller does much of his blasting down the ground. When he kicks into gear, as he did to hit 13 fours and a six in his career-best 139 in Hobart in November 2018 to earn a victory for South Africa in the deciding match of an ODI series against Australia, few are better to watch.

But, as with JP Duminy, Miller is in danger of being remembered for not living up to his potential. The 2019 World Cup is a priceless chance for him to put that right.

To do so he will have to deliver consistently and accept the responsibility for steering a fractious middle order towards calm, clinical performances more often than not.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2019 18:02:38 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254