After leaving out Chris Jordan, Royal Challengers Bangalore has invested in another England pacer in Tymal Mills whom they bought for whopping Rs 12 crore in the 2017 IPL auction. He has played just four T20Is for England, taking just three wickets. So, what prompted RCB to invest in Mills. Cricwizz unravels the mystery behind this bowler.
This 24-year-old cricketer currently plays for Sussex. He made his T20I debut for England against Sri Lanka at Southampton in July 2016. He has played only four T20Is for England till now, taking 3 wickets.
He is a left-arm bowler and that could be one of the reasons for RCB to include him to add variety to the attack.
He was the most consistent bowler in the recently concluded T20I series against England at home. He took 3 wickets for just 97 runs where a total of above 300 was scored every innings. He probably caught the eye of Virat Kohli who may have dropped his name to RCB management.
He is considered as one of the most explosive fast bowlers in English cricket. In 2015, he was diagnosed with a congenital back condition. He has undergo specialise training to cope with this condition.
Mills had abandoned a journalism career to play cricket professionally. He played for Essex and represented in England Under-19s and he was fast-tracked on to the Performance Programme.
He had a below-average season for Essex from 2011 to 2014 and joined Sussex for better prospects. His performance improved as he took wickets at an average of below 20 in the English T20 competition for Sussex. Following his diagnosis with back problem, he took time out of white-ball cricket.
However, he continues to play T20 cricket. He represented Chittagong Vikings in 2016 Bangladesh Premier League. He plays for Quetta Gladiators in the 2017 Pakistan Super League, where he has taken 3 wickets in 2 matches.
Mills has played 55 T20 matches, taking 63 wickets at an average of 22.12. In 23 List A matches, he has taken 22 wickets. He has played 32 First-Class matches, taking 55 wickets.