Veteran South Africa batter David Miller has said that they have a chance to create history and win their first Cricket World Cup title this year as well. However, South Africa will take on Sri Lanka in their World Cup opener at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on October 7. Speaking on BBC Sport, Miller shared that they have a chance to do something special in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. While they have never won the World Cup, they’ve reached the semi-final three times (1992, 1999 and 2011).
“We genuinely believe that we can do something special. The reality is we haven’t won a World Cup, so there’s no point brushing that under the carpet. But personally I don’t live with those things on my shoulders. The past is the past. It doesn’t impact me at all,” said David Miller.
He further added that if South Africa play well, they have a chance of winning the coveted title as well as creating history. Miller has scored 4,090 runs in 160 matches, which came at an average of 42.06 and will be crucial to South Africa’s success at the World Cup as well. He also added that South Africa captain Temba Bavuma has proved some people wrong, referring him a terrific captain and a phenomenal player as well. He has so far scored two centuries and two fifties in his last 10 matches in ODI cricket as well.
“It’s about what’s in front of you, the next ball, your next moment. I know the other guys are in the same mindset. We’re looking at it as a chance to create history. What a brilliant opportunity this is. If we play well, we know we’ve got a chance,” Miller added. “I think we’ve proved some people wrong. Take Temba Bavuma. He’s had so much flak from a lot of people, and he’s basically just shoved it right back in their faces. He’s a terrific captain and a phenomenal player in this format. It’s a strong lineup. We back ourselves to compete with the bat.”
He further shared, “For me it’s about making a situational impact. Can I take the game on? Can I see a chase home? That’s where games are won and lost. I think we’ve proved some people wrong. Take Temba (Bavuma).He’s had so much flak from a lot of people, and he’s basically just shoved it right back in their faces. He’s a terrific captain and a phenomenal player in this format. It’s a strong lineup. We back ourselves to compete with the bat.”
However, Temba Bavuma has scored 637 runs in ten ODIs at 79.63 with three centuries as well. South Africa will begin their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on October 7 in New Delhi as well.