5 Questions with Cricket World: Hopeful that we can find a way to get the Blast this year - Tymal Mills
Tymal Mills, who is expecting to become a father in July, talks to Cricket World about his IPL experience, hope for a Blast season at some point this year, trouble with injuries, association with Pace Journal and the toll cricket's suspension has taken on him.
After making his debut against Sri Lanka at Southampton in July 2016, Tymal Mills stepped out on the filed for England again in January 2017 against India. His plethora of variations, especially the gamut of slower ones, impressed most who watched him bowl. Mills played all the three matches of the series and did enough to give a glimpse of his potential.
Two days after the T20I series ended, Mills was bagged by the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore for a mind-blowing £1.4m. For someone, who had to call time on his First Class career in 2015 due to a rare spinal condition that restricted his ability to bowl, the moment was/could have been life-changing.
Lots of ups and down have followed, but a fully fit Mills is still worth a lot in T20s.
Here's what Tymal Mills had to say as we caught up with him for our new series, 5 Questions with Cricket World:
Q: What's the first thing you'd like to do once normalcy returns?
A: We are expecting our first child in July, so I’m looking forward to being able to have all of our friends and family come to visit her when she arrives.
Q: Do you still believe that the Blast can go ahead because realistically speaking, the chances of crowds seem grim and the competition is not really feasible without gate receipts?
A: I am hopeful that we can find a way to get the Blast played at some point this year. I have seen options with partial crowds, so hopefully there would be some people there to watch if we were able to play!
Q: How was the IPL experience in 2017?
A: My IPL experience was bittersweet. I love the experience of playing for RCB and spending time in India, but on the other hand I’m frustrated with how my time went. Picking up an injury half way through the competition didn’t allow me to play as much as I was hoping. I’d love to get the chance to return in the future.
Q: You were really tough to get hold of in international cricket to begin with. What went wrong? Are you still aiming to squeeze into England's T20 World Cup squad?
A: Again, since making my international debut, I've struggled with injuries and staying fit for an extended period of time. I believe that when I’m fit and firing, I’m capable of playing at the international standard, so it's up to me to prove that I can do that.
Q: How much of a toll has cricket's suspension taken on you, both financially and emotionally?
A: Emotionally its not taken its toll really. It’s been nice to spend time at home with my wife, get the nursery prepared and also give my time to a channel that I’ve recently become partner of called Pace Journal, where we interview cricketers and coaches to give help and advice to aspiring fast bowlers. Financially, it has taken effect as I had a contract in place for the Hundred competition which has obviously been postponed and my contract for The Blast with Sussex is largely weighted towards pay as you play so obviously if we don’t play I will take a hit there. So hopefully we do get to play some sort of Blast this year and I’m able to pick up some deals when other competitions begin in the winter, but things could be much worse.
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