IPL Auctions 2017: England’s fast bowling sensation Tymal Mills has been picked by RCB for Rs 12 crore. Almost a new name in the international cricketing arena, the left-arm fast bowler debuted for the three-lions against Sri Lanka in a T20 International. He impressed with his bowling, keeping his economy below 6 and clocking over 140kmph. Touted to be one of the quickest bowlers in England, his unorthodox, muscular action and left-arm angle adds the advantage of unconventionality and sting that a left-hander possess, signaling his bright future as a T20 performer.
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Tymal Mills was drafted in as a surprise package in the power-packed English bowling line-up against India recently; alongside the likes of Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes, Jake Ball to name a few. So far, in his four outings, he has managed to take just three wickets, the most notable one being that of in-form Yuvraj Singh, whom he dismissed with a slow top-spin, thereby ending the onslaught by the southpaw. The left-hander has managed to keep his economy at 7.25.
Mills who is slated to be a T20 specialist for the English side, has had the experience of playing T20 cricket in Australia and New Zealand. He can be a surprise package in this year’s IPL with his variation mixing pace and slower balls. Before embarking his career for England, Mills has played for England U-19, England Lions, Essex, Sussex, Brisbane Heat, Auckland, Chittagong Vikings, Quetta Gladiators and many more. Playing for Sussex in the 2014 English T20 season, he took wickets managing an average of 20. He also took 14 wickets in the First Division of the County Championship.
Prior to the T20 series against India Mills said, “In the immediate future, I’m only looking to play T20s, if I’m honest.” He added, “Everything I do is geared towards being the best T20 player I can be, whereas it’s tough for the other guys preparing for Test cricket and that’s completely different. Every ball I bowl is with the white ball – I haven’t bowled with a red ball for two years. I literally bowl with the white Kookaburra. That’s where my attention is focused so hopefully that gives me an edge or at least accelerates my development.”
Mills also talked about the benefits of playing T20 leagues around the world, playing under different captains and different players. Conditions in Bangladesh, was different than that in Australia. He cherished being used in the Powerplay at the Big Bash League by Brendon McCullum. After his reasonably good stints in Auckland, Brisbane and Chittagong, he hopes to impress the English selectors.
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Prior to this year’s IPL auctions and T20 series against India, Mills said, “I’m in the auction for the IPL so hopefully this series will go well and I’ll get picked up.” He added, “I’m available for the whole
tournament whereas I know some guys are not. This series will either help or hinder my reputation. It’ll be a great chance to see where I’m at. Being at the ODI [in Kolkata] was brilliant. That’s the type of environment you want to be in.”