A product of Wynberg Boys’ High School, the cricket nursery that produced South Africa’s finest-ever all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, Muller showed some glimpses of the form that propelled him to the South African U.19-team.
He nipped out 13 batsmen in four matches for the Sunfoil Series champions, including five for 21 against the Sunfoil Dolphins in Paarl, during the 2013/2014-season.
His performance in that match against the Dolphins in Paarl was overshadowed by Dane Piedt’s five for sixteen in the second innings, which included a sensational hat-trick.
Asked to assess his eight for 102 against the Knights, Muller said the five-wicket haul in Paarl was a better performance.
“It was two different type of matches. In this game, the Knights were coming hard at us and some of the wicket fell because they were looking for runs,” he added.
Muller is a fast bowler whose stock delivery is his out-swinger to right-handed batsman.
But he can also move it back off the seam at pace. One of those in-swingers accounted for Duane Olivier, who was comprehensively bowled by an express delivery that nipped back.
“I can achieve 140 kilometres per hour, but I still believe that I can gain muscle and add a yard of pace later on,” he added.
Muller says he considers it a privilege to work extremely hard in an attempt to get into the starting eleven of a star-studded team like the Cobras.
The so-called ‘usual suspects’ of the Cobras attack include Beuran Hendricks, Rory Kleinveldt, Mthokozisi Shezi, Justin Kemp and Piedt.All these players have represented their country.
Muller added that the status quo at the Cobras, the domestic trend-setter in SA cricket, motivates him to produce five-star performances every time he gets a chance. “I have to grab those chances,” he adds.
Muller says Kallis was his childhood-idol as a cricketer.
“In terms of fast bowling, Dale Steyn is my hero. I love the way he approaches his art,” he adds.
Although Muller doesn’t celebrate in such extravagant fist-pumping style as the Phalaborwa Express when he takes a wicket, he has a similar aggressive approach.
“I like to get into the batsmen’s face and attack,” he adds.
Ultimately, though, Muller admits the five for 44 was a highlight which lost some of its flavour due to the fact that the match against the Knights finished in a stale-mate.
“It would have been so much greater if I had taken the last wicket to power the Cobras to victory.”