Meet John, father of New Zealand cricket hero Daryl Mitchell

Shamanth Jayaram November 11, 2021
Meet John, father of New Zealand cricket hero Daryl Mitchell
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Daryl Mitchell played out of his skin to help New Zealand knock England out of the T20 World Cup on Wednesday, November 10.

The Kiwis were arguably the underdogs going into the semi-final yesterday. Almost everybody expected England to get the better of them, just like they did in the World Cup final back in 2019.

New Zealand were looking for their revenge but it looked unlikely, even in the 15th over of the second innings. However, Mitchell stepped up, smashed 72 off just 47 balls and led his side to a memorable win.

Since his brilliant knock yesterday, fans have been curious to learn about Mitchell’s personal life, especially his father. Here’s what we know…

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Meet John Mitchell, father of Daryl

Sports has been in Daryl’s blood since he was born but nobody in his family expected him to take over the cricket world. His dad, John, has made his name in Rugby over the years.

John Mitchell, born on the 23rd of March, 1964, is a former Rugby player who played for Waikato for about a decade. He scored 335 points in 144 appearances and is very highly regarded in New Zealand.

The now 57-year-old turned to coaching after his playing career came to an end. His CV is a stellar one, having coached as many as 17 teams over the years, including the Chiefs, the All Blacks, Western Force, Golden Lions and the United States.

He is currently the defence coach of the England national rugby team under head coach Eddie Jones. Mitchell is one of the most respected men in the sport today.

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Kane Williamson praises Mitchell

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, predictably, was delighted with the result. It really did look like England were in control, but Mitchell’s extraordinary knock took the game away from them.

The Kiwis skipper was asked about Mitchell’s performances and he heaped praise on him.

“Outstanding from Mitchell at the top, but cashing in on the match-ups (was crucial). His character stood out, an incredible knock. T20 cricket is a game of small margins, depending on the surface,” Williamson said about his star man after the game, as per The Telegraph.

New Zealand will now face the winner of the other semi-final between Australia and Pakistan in the final of the ICC men’s T20 World Cup on Sunday, November 14, at the Dubai International Stadium.

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Shamanth works as a senior editor at GRV Media. Based in Bangalore, India, he's a massive Arsenal fan who also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.