England bowler Tymal Mills turns fatalistic ahead of IPL 2019 auction
Mills was one of the hottest picks in IPL 2017 and went unsold in 2018.
Updated - Dec 15, 2018 7:24 pm
Franchise cricket can be make or break for any cricketer and nobody knows it better than England bowler Tymal Mills. The 26-year-old Yorkshire player was bought for a mammoth 1.4 Great Britain Pounds (Rs 12.6 crore) in the 2017 auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but was left unsold in the 2018 auction after an ordinary outing. Having seen both faces of the great game of uncertainty, Mills has taken up the attitude of “What will be, will be” ahead of the auction for the 2019 edition of the IPL scheduled in Jaipur on December 18.
Mills, who last played in the T10 League in the UAE in November, has not been in great touch of late either and with days to go for the auction, the left-arm fast bowler will be cursing his destiny for not being in the perfect shape at the moment. In the only edition of the IPL that he has played so far which was the one in 2017, Mills picked just five wickets in as many matches at an average of above 30.
Seen the good and the bad
“I’ve tasted the good and the bad of the auction. I had a tough year last year. I had a few injuries and then went out to the Big Bash pretty undercooked and didn’t bowl brilliantly. That led into the IPL auction so the timing of that wasn’t great. I wasn’t actually expecting much last year to be honest because I know how important the Big Bash was at that time leading up to the auction,” Mills was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
One of those globetrotting cricketers who plays franchise cricket round the world, including in Pakistan, Mills will be hoping to add to his diverse experience by means of playing yet another season of the IPL.
“You learn a lot about others. I’ve spent a lot of time as a teammate of Pakistanis, Afghans, players from Bangladesh and India so you learn. I try and get involved with the local guys on my team as much as I can because it’s an experience. You don’t know how long you are going to do this and chances are when you finish playing cricket, you’re not going to get these opportunities again. It’s important to give back and learn as much as you can,” he was quoted.
The cricketer, who has played just five T20Is for England three of which were against India (all of his three international wickets have also come versus India), has however played in 98 T20s and has over 100 scalps. Mills has had his share of injuries which has hurt his game but the man but with age of his side, he can certainly prove himself to be a force in the game in the days to come.