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Tymal Mills: Quick gun from England set to fire under Virat Kohli in IPL

Tymal Mills was bought for a cool Rs. 12 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 24 times his base price and looks set to play a big role in the Virat Kohli-led side.

cricket Updated: Feb 20, 2017 18:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Tymal Mills, who will play under Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is a T20 specialist and has played in various leagues across the world -- for Auckland in the McDonalds Super Smash T20, for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League (PSL).(Getty Images)

Not even a month back, India captain Virat Kohli had said Tymal Mills’ pace won’t be a problem in the India-England series since he has played serious fast bowling before as well. Now, Mills is set to play under Kohli in the Indian Premier League.(AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS)

For someone who started playing cricket seriously at only 14, Mills’ rise has been phenomenal. Born in Yorkshire, he played for Essex at 19 before making it to the England Lions setup. A career in journalism awaited him but he left the course at University of East London to concentrate on his cricket.

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Mills is probably one of those bornto bowl fast.So when he started breaking the 90mph mark regularly, there were calls for him to be included in the England squad for the 2013-14 Ashes. A congenital back condition however cropped up. Since his spinal cord is located too close to the vertebrae, too much workload could cause serious pain.

Very soon it was clear Mills would only be able to play shorter forms of the game. Despite the risk of injury, Mills wasn’t ready to cut down on his pace since that made him stand out from the pack. Still 24, the left-arm pacer has already played for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash, Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League and Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League.

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Being bought for a cool Rs. 12 crore, 24 times his base price, in the IPL should be a turning point in Mills’ career. The pressure of playing seven home matches at one of the smallest grounds in the world, along with adjusting to the heat of April-May and a stifling schedule should make this a unique experience for Mills.

If Royal Challengers Bangalore manages his workload smartly, Mills can turn out to be a star of this IPL.

First Published: Feb 20, 2017 18:57 IST