I hope the IPL has not seen the last of me: Tymal Mills
The English star reckoned that though he received massive success in the early days of his career, he still has a long way to go.
Updated - May 20, 2021 7:45 pm
The story of being rags to riches fits perfectly in the case of English pacer Tymal Mills. The cricketer hailed from a below poverty bracketm but an IPL contract of Rs 12 crores from the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore made him a millionaire overnight. Just before the IPL auctions for the 2017 edition, England toured India for a three-match T20I series.
Mills was the story of the T20I series as he managed to attract the attention of the cricket fraternity with his economical bowling and variations including the knuckleball and a unique back-of-the-hand slower delivery. The same resulted in RCB paying an astonishing amount of INR 12 crore for the pacer.
However, during the league, the 28-year-old failed to justify his hefty paycheck. Due to his injury, Mills could feature in only 5 matches in which he took 5 wickets at an economy rate of 8.57. The following year, the left-hander was released from the Bangalore squad and is yet to make a comeback in the league.
I back myself to perform at a good level if I stay fit: Tymal Mills
Tymal was involved in an interactive conversation where he spoke at lengths regarding what went wrong for him in IPL 2017. The English speedster believes that the hefty amount added to the pressure and hampered his performance. He further expressed his desire of playing again in the Indian Premier League. “Just about my personal pride, I take pride in my performance, I was disappointed on the whole in how the competition went.
“I have not been back since. I feel like that big price tag has hampered me since. If you look at it from purely money to wickets taken ratio, you can say that. If I had a whole season to play which I was not able to do, I feel I would have performed at a good level. I am very keen to get back, I am doing my best to try and get back. That’s where I want to be. Playing for IPL, playing for England, I hope the IPL has not seen the last of me,” Tymal Mills told timesnownews.com.
Further in the interaction, Mills added that he is still young and is bowling decently. The English star reckoned that though he received massive success in the early days of his career, he still has a long way to go and has confidence in his talent and skillset. “I am still young. I am still only 28 and still have a lot of years of good bowling in me. I obviously had a lot of success early in my career.”
“I am still bowling fast. Last summer, in some of the games we played, I was bowling at 93 miles per hour. So the pace is still there. I am still taking wickets. I back myself to perform at a good level if I stay fit. That is my only focus at the moment and I trust in my abilities around it and things will fall into place,” added Mills.