Hope IPL has not seen last of me: Former RCB millionaire hopeful of making his IPL return – Times Now

Tymal Mills played for RCB in IPL 2017.

Tymal Mills played for RCB in IPL 2017.& 

Key Highlights

  • The second-costliest pick of IPL 2017 auction, Tymal Mills had joined RCB for Rs 12 crore
  • The left-arm pacer was released after he only managed 5 wickets in as many matches
  • Mills hasn’t managed to draw a bid in IPL auction since then

One of the biggest buys in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 auction, Tymal Mills bagged a contract worth Rs 12 crore with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The left-arm pacer had hogged much limelight before the start of the India-England T20I series, which took place a couple of weeks before the IPL auction.

Even though Mills only managed 3 wickets in the T20I series, his pace impressed the RCB management and they shelled out the mega sum for the pacer.

The move to buy Mills didn’t work in RCB’s favour as form and fitness issues saw Mills feature in just 5 matches, in which he scalped 5 wickets. Once the second-highest pick in an IPL auction, Mills hasn’t managed to draw a bid since then. Though he remains hopeful of playing the IPL again. 

Speaking to timesnownews.com, Mills recently opened up on his IPL experience and said that there was no pressure from RCB even after he was bought for Rs 12 crore.

“Ya look, it is disappointing to look back at it. I haven’t been back since. IPL definitely did not see the best of me. Unfortunately, I had an injury, strained my hamstring, struggled to play, In the game, I did OK, I didn’t do terribly but did not do fantastically either. With such a price tag, expectations rise externally, I understand that,” he told timesnownews.com.

“I must say that when I arrived at RCB, I was made to feel no pressure from anyone at Bangalore. They bought me because they wanted me but it was not a case of you must perform. The management, the higher-ups within the organization were very good, there was no pressure from up above or anything like that.”

The  28-year-old added that he is trying his best to play for England, while also hoping for an IPL return. His name was last announced in the IPL 2019 auction.

“Just about my personal pride, I take pride in my performance, I was disappointed on the whole in how the competition went. As I said, it did not see the best of me. 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,” Mills added.

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Owing to his injuries, Mills hasn’t played a first-class or List A fixture since 2015. He now only plays T20s and has also been part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Given his injuries, there are dim chances of him making a comeback to IPL.

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