Tymal Mills springs to life with Twenty20 cure

The Asian Age.  | Sandeep Menon

Sports, Cricket

The medicine for his cure is called T20 cricket. “It was a two-day period,” recalls Mills.

Tymal Mills

Bengaluru: It was just two years ago when Tymal Mills was faced with a very real possibility of having to step away from the game due to a congenital back condition. His burgeoning career as a fast bowler was all but laid low at the age of 22.

Fast forward to today, Mills is an England international and Rs 12 crore (£1.8 million) richer from just the Indian Premier League where Royal Challengers Bangalore broke the bank for his services.

The medicine for his cure is called T20 cricket. “It was a two-day period,” recalls Mills.

“I had all my tests done and sat down in the board room with doctors and the chief executives at Sussex and I was offered retirement. I had medical grounds to retire because of my back problem. To hear those words at 22 wasn’t nice,” Mills adds.

“The T20 was something they recommended because I had that option. The injury and other problems I had only occurred when I bowled 14-15 overs in a day. So they suggested bowl less and hopefully that doesn't happen again.  Since that point, all I have thought about is T20 cricket,”  he stresses with a smile.

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