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David Miller Clarifies Retirement Rumors Following T20 World Cup Final Drama
By CricShots - Jul 3, 2024 1:03 pm
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David Miller has firmly dismissed recent reports suggesting his retirement from T20 Internationals following South Africa’s narrow defeat in the T20 World Cup 2024 final against India. As one of the most formidable batters in limited-overs cricket, Miller found himself at the center of a high-stakes moment during the championship clash. 

David Miller
David Miller

In the final over of the match, with South Africa needing 16 runs to secure victory and Miller at the crease, the stage was set for a dramatic finish. However, despite his reputation for big hitting, David Miller was unable to capitalize on a full toss from Hardik Pandya, resulting in a spectacular catch by Suryakumar Yadav at long-off.

This critical moment led to South Africa falling short by seven runs, handing the title to India. The aftermath saw a flurry of reports claiming that this intense final match was Miller’s swan song in T20Is. The speculation took many by surprise, given David Miller’s continued prowess and physical fitness at the age of 35.

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On July 2, David Miller took to Instagram to clear the air, unequivocally stating his intention to continue representing South Africa in the shortest format.  “Contrary to reports, I have not retired from T20 international cricket. I will continue to be available for the Proteas. The best is yet to come,” he wrote, putting to rest any doubts about his future in T20Is.

David Miller
David Miller clear all the rumours

Miller’s career statistics underscore his value to the South African team. Over 173 ODIs, he has accumulated 4,458 runs at an average of 42.06 and a strike rate of 103.31. In 125 T20Is, he has scored 2,439 runs, boasting an average of 33.41 and a strike rate of 140.66. In addition to his international commitments, Miller will be an integral part of the Los Angeles Knight Riders (LAKR) in the upcoming Major League Cricket season, starting July 6.

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After a disappointing inaugural season where LAKR finished last, the team, led by Sunil Narine, has made significant roster enhancements, with Miller being a notable addition. His vast experience from nearly 500 T20 matches will be crucial as LAKR aims for redemption. The Los Angeles-based franchise will kick off their campaign against the Texas Super Kings at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.