David Miller Addresses Retirement Rumors After Emotional Note on South Africa's T20 World Cup Heartbreak

David Miller's emotional post after South Africa's loss in the 2024 T20 World Cup final sparked speculation about his retirement from T20Is.

During the 2024 T20 World Cup, South Africa came tantalizingly close to winning a major title in men's cricket history. 

Miller was at the non-striker's end when Heinrich Klaasen brought the Proteas within 30 runs of victory with 30 balls remaining in their chase against India in the final in Barbados. 

However, Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, and Hardik Pandya staged an extraordinary comeback to secure the win, leaving South Africa heartbroken.

Miller, among the players in tears, posted an emotional note on his Instagram story the next day, which sparked retirement rumors. 

However, Miller has now clarified that he has not retired and is still available for selection. "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," Miller wrote in his Instagram story.

Miller faced the first ball of the final over, bowled by Pandya, with South Africa needing 16 runs to win the T20 World Cup. 

A Tough Pill to Swallow for South Africa:

It seemed Miller had hit Pandya for a six, but Suryakumar Yadav made a stunning catch, throwing the ball in the air before his momentum took him over the boundary line, then hopping back in to complete the catch.

Pandya conceded eight runs in that over and took one more wicket.

“I am gutted!! Really tough pill to swallow after what transpired 2 days ago. Words can't explain how I am feeling. One thing I do know is how proud I am of this unit.

This journey was incredible, with highs and lows throughout the entire month. We have endured pain, but I know this team has the resilience and will keep raising the bar," Miller said in his previous Instagram story.

This was the closest South Africa had come to winning a major trophy since their readmission to international cricket in 1991. 

Miller's Performance:

Despite fielding some of the best teams in the last three decades, they have often fallen short in major tournaments. 

Miller was part of the South African side that lost a hard-fought semi-final in the 2015 World Cup.

In nine matches at the 2024 T20 World Cup, Miller scored 169 runs at an average of 28.16, with a half-century and a strike rate of 102.42. His best score was 59*.

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