David Miller is a limited-overs specialist for South Africa © Getty Images
David Miller is a limited-overs specialist for South Africa © Getty Images

David Miller, the middle-order batsman for South Africa in limited-overs cricket, turns 26 today. The hard-hitting batsman has played 71 one-day internationals (ODIs) and 31 Twenty20 internationals for his country, since his debut in both forms in 2010.

He, however, is better known for his more impressive record in domestic Twenty20 competitions for various franchises. For his Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Kings XI Punjab, he has scored 1319 runs in 47 matches at an average of 42.54, and he has maintained an even better average for Dolphins, the South African team, and Yorkshire. READ: David Miller ready to wait until he earns Test call

He has had a prolific year so far this year in ODIs. As against his career average of 38.06, Miller has an average of 78.14 in 13 matches this year. In the five-match series against West Indies in January, he scored an unbeaten century and a fifty, to score 223 runs at 111.50. He put in some valuable performances for his side in the World Cup, including a late acceleration against Zimbabwe to help South Africa post a defendable total, and a quick 49 to enable a competitive total against New Zealand in the thrilling semi-final. READ: Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Shaun Marsh select Mrs India 2015

His growth as a player, with the solidification of his abilities to graft and take charge of batting in the presence of the lower-order batsman, to optimise his team’s scores, has earned him plaudits from Hashim Amla. With his desire to grow capable of four-day batting, he is surely on his way up.