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David Miller set to play 100th ODI and join elite list of South Africa batsmen

David Miller, the dashing South African left-handed batsman, is set to play his 100th ODI. He will join a select list of Proteas players during the first ODI against Bangladesh in Kimberley.

cricket Updated: Oct 13, 2017 22:25 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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David Miller has represented Cricket South Africa in 99 ODIs and 55 T20Is so far. (REUTERS)

David Miller is due to play his 100th ODI when South Africa take on Bangladesh in the first of three matches at the De Beers Oval, Kimberley on Sunday.

Miller, who has been a regular feature in South Africa’s limited-overs side since 2010, has aggregated 2,396 runs at an average of 39.27 and a strike-rate of over 100. The left-hander will join Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith and other great South African batsmen in a list of players who have played 100 ODIs or more for the Proteas.

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In a statement released by Cricket South Africa, Miller said his international journey so far has been up and down. “I have taken more responsibility in my game and off the field as well; it has been a huge learning curve over the last seven years, one that I will not forget.”

In the last two years, Miller has enjoyed a prolific run in ODIs. In 2016, he played 11 ODIs and averaged close to 67 and a strike-rate of 120. His crowning moment was his knock of 118* off 79 balls against Australia in Durban and it played a major part in South Africa chasing down 372, the second-highest successful run-chase in ODI history.

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IPL Stalwart

Miller’s big-hitting gained popularity thanks to his exploits for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. In 66 games, he has smashed 1,563 runs with his best being a 101 off 38 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 edition of the tournament.

After the brilliant century, Miller came up with a memorable quote that summed up his approach to batting. “If it’s in the V, it’s in the tree; if it’s in the arc, it’s out of the park.”

The left-hander will be a vital member in the South African team as they aim to build-up for the 2019 World Cup and break their jinx in the tournament.

First Published: Oct 13, 2017 22:25 IST