David Miller writes history during SA20 2024

The left-handed batter was representing Paarl Royals in the campaign

By Web Desk
February 08, 2024
David Miller became the first South African batter to score 10,000 runs. — SA20 

David Miller secured his place in the annals of South African cricket history by becoming the first batter from his country to surpass the milestone of 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.

The left-hander achieved this feat while representing the Paarl Royals during their SA20 2024 Eliminator against the Joburg Super Kings on Wednesday, February 7, at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Prior to this match, Miller was among the three South African batters, alongside Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, to have amassed 9000 or more runs in the format. On Wednesday, he joined the elite club of 12 batters who have breached the 10,000-run mark in T20 cricket. 

Miller required 28 runs to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs, which he achieved with relative ease.

The other batters who have achieved this landmark include Chris Gayle (14562), Shoaib Malik (13077), Kieron Pollard (12577), Alex Hales (12002), Virat Kohli (11994), David Warner (11860), Aaron Finch (11458), Rohit Sharma (11156), Jos Buttler (11146), Colin Munro (10602), and James Vince (10019).

Miller had a respectable campaign with the bat for the Royals, amassing 240 runs from 10 matches at an average of 30 and a strike-rate of 118.22, with a top score of 75 not out against the Pretoria Capitals at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

In the Eliminator against the Super Kings, Miller batted at No.6 and scored 47 runs off 40 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes. He was dismissed by Imran Tahir but contributed to the Royals posting a respectable score of 138 in 18.5 overs.

However, the Royals faced a significant setback in the bowling department as the Super Kings chased down the target with 40 balls to spare, securing a comprehensive 9-wicket victory. Opening batters Leus du Plooy and Du Plessis ensured that JSK crossed the finish line swiftly.