He isn’t someone you’d recognise in the street, and his name might not ring bells in conversation. But you can be sure David Miller will soon be a name on the lips of all cricket fans.
The 21-year-old of Hillcrest in Durban is seen as a key factor in the Proteas’ T20 and One-Day International game plan – and he’s already shown he can turn a match around.
David had a stunning debut in a T20 game against the West Indies in May: his 33 off 26 balls turned a likely loss – SA were 59 for 5 – into a one-run victory.
It’s the kind of debut young cricketers dream of. ‘‘I didn’t even have a chance to be nervous or even enjoy my debut,’’ he says when we meet at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban.
David was snapped up in 2007 by the Dolphins on a junior contract weeks after he’d left Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg. A year later he jumped at the opportunity of a professional contract and has since cemented his standing in the domestic league as one of the highest scorers.
He says he’s guided by advice from his dad, Andrew.
‘‘He once said there was no need to tell anyone how many runs you have scored. It’s my job to go out and score them; if they’re paying attention they’ll know.’’
Girlfriend Joannah Moon (20), is the bright spark in their relationship, he says.
‘‘She spent a good part of this year working with the Good Leadership Conference in Prague and Vienna on a training course for future leaders.’’
They’ve been together for 18 months. Next year Joannah starts law studies at Stellenbosch University while David plays cricket in Durban.
But being apart won’t be a problem, he says. ‘‘My dad shared digs with her mom at university and the families have known each other for years.’’
Read more about David in YOU, 16 December 2010.