Daryl Mitchell is a New Zealand cricketer who has played in many international tournaments. He has emerged as one of the best finishers of the game by hitting long sixes in various stadiums.
Daryl Joseph Mitchell was born on Monday, 20 May 1991 (age 32 years; as of 2023) in Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He studied at Southwell School in Hamilton and later at St Paul’s Collegiate School.
He lived in Manchester and London for two years during his childhood. He liked playing cricket and used to play cricket in his backyard when he was ten. In 2006, he, along with his family, moved to Perth, Australia when his father was appointed as the head coach of the Western Force rugby union team in the Super 14 Rugby competition. He studied at the Hale School in Perth from 2005 to 2008.
He played domestic cricket in Australia briefly and later pursued a cricketing career in New Zealand. He pursued a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in exercise and sports science at Edith Cowan University from 2009 to 2012. In 2015, he started pursuing a postgraduate diploma in sports and exercise.
Height (approx.): 6′ 1″
Weight (approx.): 85 kg
Hair Colour: Bald
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 44″, Waist 32″, Biceps 15″
Parents & Siblings
His father, John Mitchell, is a renowned rugby player and coach who has served as coach of many teams. His mother’s name is Kay Mitchell. His parents got divorced in 2010, and his father later married a South African woman named Julie Mitchell.
He has a younger sister named Ciara Mitchell who was born on 11 September 1994.
Wife & Children
He got married to Amy Braithwaite on 7 July 2017. She is older than Daryl by around a year as she was born on 28 March 1990.
The couple has two daughters, the elder one named Addison Mitchell and the younger one named Lily Maree Mitchell.
He had known Amy since his childhood and dated each other for a few years.
He follows Christianity.
Domestic – Australia
He represented Hale in school cricket for three years and later played club cricket for Scarborough for two years, playing alongside Marcus Stoinis and Justin Langer. He has also represented Western Australia Under 19, Under 23, and the Australian Centre of Excellence in third-tier cricket tournaments. He trained under Neil ‘Noddy’ Holder during his time in Australia.
Domestic – New Zealand
In 2011, he started playing for Northern Districts in the New Zealand domestic circuit and played his first List A (one-day) match against Canterbury on 4 December 2011. He played his debut first-class match on 18 March 2021 against Auckland and his debut T20 match against Canterbury on 30 November 2012. He also played for Waikato Valley in the 2011 season. He played domestic cricket for around 8 years before making his debut for the national team of New Zealand. He moved to Canterbury from Northern Districts in June 2020.
New Zealand A & New Zealand XI
He debuted for New Zealand A in the 2013-14 season. He played for the New Zealand XI in 2020 and captained them during the series against India A.
Daryl Mitchell played his first test match on 29 November 2019 against England in Hamilton, New Zealand and scored 73 runs in the first innings, making his first test fifty on his debut. His first test century was against Pakistan with 102 runs not out in the first innings. In June 2022, he scored 190 runs in the first innings and 62 runs not out in the second innings against England. During the 2022 series against England, he scored 482 runs in 3 tests, the most runs by a New Zealand player in a test series against England.
He made his debut in ODIs on 20 March 2021 against Bangladesh in Dunedin, New Zealand. He made his first ODI century on 26 March 2021 with a score of 100 runs not out against Bangladesh. He made his maiden ODI fifty on 31 July 2022 with 74 runs not out against Scotland.
ODI World Cup
He played in the 2023 ODI World Cup, and on 13 October 2023, he scored 89 runs not out to secure a victory over Bangladesh in the group stage match.
He played his debut T20I match on 6 February 2019 against India in which he scored 8 runs.
T20 World Cup
He played 7 matches in the 2021 T20 World Cup and scored 208 runs with a strike rate of 140.54 at an average of 34.67; he helped New Zealand enter the finals by scoring his first T20I half-century with 72 runs not out in the semifinal against England. He played 4 matches in the 2022 T20 World Cup and scored 109 runs with a strike rate of 128.24 at an average of 54.50; he scored 53 runs not out in the semifinal against Pakistan which New Zealand lost.
Northern Premier League
He played for Blackpool in the 2016 season of the Northern Premier League.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
He was acquired by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for his base price of Rs 75 lakhs in the 2022 IPL auction and played two matches for them before being released. In the 2023 IPL auction, he went unsold against his base price of Rs 1 crores.
He played for Middlesex in the Vitality Blast and County Championship in 2021. He signed up with Lancashire for the 2023 county season.
He played for London Spirit in the 2023 season of The Hundred.
He wears jersey number 75 for New Zealand in international matches and jersey number 47 for Rajasthan Royals in IPL.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- ICC Spirit of the Cricket Award 2021 (for not running out Adil Rashid after obstructing him)
- Nominated for ICC Player of the Month in June 2022 (along with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow)
- New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year in 2022
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2023
- Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in 2023
- Became 5th New Zealand player to score centuries in 3 consecutive tests (in 2023)
- Became 1st batsman to score a century in each match of an away test series (of 3 or more tests) (in 2023)
He has got a tattoo inked on his inner left biceps.
- He worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Waikato Rugby from 2018 to 2020.
- He received his first central contract for the national team of New Zealand for the 2021-22 season.
- His nicknames are Daz, Moose, and The Iceman.
- He likes drinking beer during celebrations and parties.
- He likes reading books and often reads them while travelling on flights.
- He eats non-vegetarian food to fill nutritional demands.
- He likes playing video games such as FIFA during his free time.
- Daryl Mitchell often talks about mental health and partnered with Opening Up in 2017, a group that focuses on mental health issues.
- He has also worked as a personal trainer from 2009 to 2011 and a sports consultant from April 2015 to June 2015.
- He holds an ASCA level 1 certificate in strength and conditioning and cert 3 and 4 in personal training from the Australian Insitute of Fitness.
- He is an animal lover and owns two dogs.