Daryl Mitchell: The Game Changer

Daryl Mitchell’s inspiring journey showcases the power of resilience and determination in overcoming obstacles and redefining perseverance.

Daryl Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell’s Life

Daryl Joseph Mitchell, or Daryl Mitchell is a New Zealand all-round cricketer. Born in 20 May 1991, he play for New Zealand National cricket team and represent Canterbury in Domestic cricket. His father, John Mitchell, also a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player.

As a teenager, he and his family moved to Western Australia in 2006 when his father, John, took over as head coach of the Western Force rugby team. In March 2009, Daryl Mitchell, Marcus Stoinis and Justin Langer sat together as teammates in the locker room at the WACA to celebrate Scarborough’s championship win. During his three years with Hale in school cricket and two years with Scarborough in club cricket, Mitchell also played for the Western Australian U19 and U23 teams and for the Australian Center of Excellence, part of the Futures League T20 competition.


From 2018 to 2020, Daryl Mitchell also served as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Waikato Rugby. He also played rugby at school level during the seasons, especially in winter.

Domestic cricket career

After impressive performances at Australian high school tournaments, Daryl Mitchell received a contract from Northern Districts which he happily accepted and has since become a regular player in New Zealand domestic competition. In June 2018, he was signed by Northern Districts for the 2018–19 season.

In June 2020, Mitchell moved from the Northern Counties to Canterbury. In November 2020, in round 4 of the 2020–21 Plunket Shield season, he took his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, taking 5/44 against Otago.

In May 2021, Daryl Mitchell was awarded his first central contract by New Zealand Cricket ahead of the 2021–22 season. That month, he was also signed by Middlesex for the latter part of the 2021 T20 Blast.

In February 2022, he was purchased by Rajasthan Royals in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.

In January 2023, Lancashire announced that Mitchell would play for the county in both the County Championship and T20 Blast during the 2022–23 season.


International cricket career

International Debut

In January 2019, Daryl Mitchell was named in New Zealand’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the series against India and made his T20I debut for New Zealand against India on 6 February 2019.

In November 2019, he was added to New Zealand’s Test squad for the second Test against England and made his Test debut on 29 November 2019.

In January 2021, Mitchell scored his maiden Test cricket century, with an unbeaten 102 in the Second Test against Pakistan.

In 20 March 2021, Mitchell was named and made his ODI debut in the One Day International (ODI) of New Zealand team for the series against Bangladesh. On 26 March 2021, Mitchell scored his first century in ODI cricket, in the third match of the series against Bangladesh.

ICC T20 World Championship 2021

In August 2021, Mitchell was named in the New Zealand squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

He played 116 T20 matches before the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and never opened the score in any match. However, because of first choice opener Tim Seifert late arrival, as a result, Daryl Mitchell has become an accidental opener of New Zealand cricket.

He opened the batting alongside Martin Guptill during the entirety of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

In the team’s semi-final against England, he opened the batting and scored 72 not out, helping New Zealand win the match by five wickets. Mitchell was awarded the best player of the match.

He ended the 2021 T20 World Cup campaign on a high note as he recorded impressive results with the bat in his first experience of opening batting in a tournament, scoring 208 runs in seven innings, an average of 34.66 with the bat and with a stroke rate of 140.54.

He was named winner of the ICC Spirit of the Cricket Award 2021 during the ICC Awards 2021.

England Test Tour 2022

Daryl Mitchell had a very successful Test tour of England in July 2022, where he put up a mammoth run of a record 538 runs at an excellent average of 107.60 in three-match test series.

Mitchell was one of only two sparks alongside Tom Blundell for the Kiwis in the one-sided test series, he scored three wickets in three consecutive test matches and he surpassed the total. After the match, he archived many title such as:

  • He surpassed the total of Martin Donnelly’s 462 runs to achieved the most runs in a Test series on British soil against England.
  • The first New Zealand batsman to score centuries in three consecutive test matches in England.
  • The sixth visiting batsman to score centuries in three consecutive test matches in England.
  • The first batsman in the world to score hundreds in each match of an away series of three or more Tests.
  • The most successful New Zealand pair in a Test series with a total of 611 runs in partnership with Tom Blundell.
  • The most runs among New Zealand batsmen in a Test series.

2022 – 2023 World Cup

In September 2022, Daryl Mitchell was named in the New Zealand squad for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He was nominated as the ICC Player of the Month along with Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root for June 2022.

In September 2023, he was included in New Zealand’s 15-member squad for the 50-over World Cup in India.


Daryl Mitchell‘s story is a testament to his talent, perseverance and unwavering dedication to cricket. His ability to handle pressure, adapt to different playing conditions and consistently deliver impressive performances signals the start of a promising international career.

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