Ty­mal climbs on prop­erty lad­der thanks to ‘crazy’ IPL

The Cricket Paper - - WOMEN’S CRICKET SUPER LEAGUE & NEWS - By Richard Ed­wards

TY­MAL Mills has al­ready had a 2017 to re­mem­ber – de­spite be­ing forced to put his feet up un­til the Big Bash as a re­sult of on­go­ing ham­string prob­lems.

Mills has capped his year by buy­ing his first house, a pur­chase helped in no small part by the huge sum he earned play­ing for the Ban­ga­lore Royal Chal­lengers in this sea­son’s In­dian Pre­mier League (IPL).

It hasn’t been plain-sail­ing since his shock auc­tion sna­pup, with in­juries cur­tail­ing both his IPL and do­mes­tic T20 sea­son but Mills isn’t com­plain­ing.

In­stead he’s look­ing to the fu­ture with a huge amount of con­fi­dence af­ter be­ing handed the chance to test him­self in the world’s big­gest T20 tour­na­ments.

And he ad­mits he’s still hav­ing to pinch him­self three­quar­ters of the way through a crazy year.

“Some of the IPL money is pro-rated so I lost a de­cent chunk of it but I still got paid an amaz­ing amount of money for the games I did play and it has helped me mas­sively,” he says.

“I’ve bought my place now and that has set me up nicely mov­ing for­ward. It’s crazy to think about the amounts you get paid for just play­ing six weeks of cricket but I’m cer­tainly not com­plain­ing.”

Mills didn’t find the go­ing easy in a Ban­ga­lore side that failed to qual­ify for the com­pe­ti­tion’s lat­ter stages. The Sus­sex man, though, took a huge amount away from his first IPL ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The IPL was crazy, it was ob­vi­ously my first ex­pe­ri­ence of it but I got looked af­ter re­ally well,” he says.

“Un­for­tu­nately I got in­jured half­way through the com­pe­ti­tion, which was a shame, but it was re­ally good fun and hope­fully I can go back there next year and show what I’m ca­pa­ble of.

“Every game was a big game be­cause of the strength of the sides and the qual­ity of the over­seas’ play­ers. I was pleased with how I did when I played and I didn’t feel out of place, out of my depth. Next year I want to go back and have a proper bash at it.”

Mills’ next as­sign­ment is likely to come in the Big Bash, with a lengthy pe­riod of rest re­quired for the ham­string prob­lems to that have blighted his T20 Blast sea­son with Sus­sex.

He can then hop on the T20 merry-go-round once again, safe in the knowl­edge that another com­pe­ti­tion will soon be avail­able to him a lot closer to home.

And he has no doubts that the city-based model can be as suc­cess­ful here as it has been else­where.

“I’m 100% be­hind the idea of in­tro­duc­ing a sim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tion here,” he says. “I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced the dif­fer­ent comps around the world and as far as I’m con­cerned, the big­ger the bet­ter re­ally.

“When it hap­pens in a cou­ple of years we’ll be see­ing the best play­ers in the world here and I don’t see any rea­son for it to fail. I think it will be one of the best tour­na­ments out there.”

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