An unfortunate back condition nearly ended his dreams but a well-mannered recovery on time saw him get the label of one of the most talented fast bowlers in the shortest format of the game. Tymal Mills can bowl at 90mph and his slower ones often catch the batsman off-guard. The very reason why he was bought by RCB during the IPL auction this year for a whopping 12 crores.
1. Journo first, Cricketer next
Mills left a course in journalism from the prestigious university of East London to pursue his dream of playing cricket while he was 19.
Having been there and done that, it will be worth watching Mills when it comes to tackling the media as being a sportsperson and now representing the Royal Challengers with a 12 Crore contract the media will surely be watching him with all eyes open.
2. When He Bossed The World Boss!
Mills was the talk of the town in the Natwest 2016 T20 blast after he dismissed West Indies( Somerset) batter Chris Gayle with a 93mph delivery, that shattered his stumps before the world boss could react.
Castling the stumps of the West Indian giant is no mean feat, and to do that in style, deserves appreciation. He zoomed into the list of most promising bowlers in the county circuit in no time. As we all know he now shares the dressing room with the man himself as they both play for RCB.
3. A brand in the shortest format
In addition to the RCB Mills has represented Brisbane Heat in the BBL, Chittagong Vikings in BPL and Auckland Aces in the New Zealand competition. He has also played for Quetta Gladiators in the PSL.
His ability to bowl at short bursts and accurately with express speed makes him a dangerous pacer and very much in Demand by all T20 franchises around the world.
4. Unfortunate Back Condition
Sussex Paceman Tymal mills was considered one of the brightest hopes to England’s answer of a genuine raw fast bowler back in 2015. He then broke down at the start of their domestic season and was diagnosed with a narrow spinal cord. Doctors have advised him against bowling longer spells which could result in a very serious back problem later in life.
“I have accepted that I might not have a future in first-class cricket,” Mills told ESPN Cricinfo. “It is absolutely gutting and I had a very difficult 48 hours when I first heard the news.
The 24-year old made his international debut against Sri Lanka at Southampton on the 5th of July 2016. Mills, unfortunately, went wicketless in that game but produced a wonderful economical spell giving away only 22 runs in his 4 overs. Chasing 141, England eventually went on to win that match by 8 wickets with Butler scoring a breezy 79 of 43 balls.
6.Backed by Vaughan
One of the most active cricketers on Twitter, former England captain Michael Vaughan has praised Tymal Mills for being one of the fastest English bowlers ever. He thinks Mills is exciting, raw and has genuine pace. Cric Crak could not have agreed more with Micheal Vaughan.
He had been picked by the Bangalore franchise (RCB) to play in the IPL in the year 2017. He raked a huge amount after being bought by the franchise 24 times of his base price. In an interview, he said that he didn’t expect the big moolah, as it was the first time that his name was up for bidding. He certainly got a taste of the IPL fever early into the season.
8. Million dollar Tymal Mills
The pacer wants to buy a house for himself and set up the rest for the coming time with the money he has fetched in the IPL. Having almost considered retirement at the age of 22, Mills never say die attitude has paid rich dividends.
While many bashes the T20 brand of cricket, talents like Tymal Mills have earned their share of moments courtesy the fast-paced format. One of the fastest bowlers along with a thinking mind, it will be interesting to see how Mills unleashes his best.