What's cricket without pace bowling? Talk about pace. Sheer pace. Tymal Solomon Mills is your man if you're a fan of fast bowling in a game that evokes acres of emotions in the blink of an eye. Not many heard, not many witnessed, not many acknowledged of what Mills was capable of. Not until he knocked the leg peg of Chris Gayle - the world boss - with a 93mph thunderbolt in a Natwest T20 game. Born in Tuddenham, a place that barely beams in the world map, Mills is now a millionaire. Yes, officially.
He was introduced to the sport by a family friend when he was 13 and soon fell in love with bowling. He was an intimidating figure, of course for his lethal pace during his grade cricket. Some lads just refused to play against him. What crime did Mills commit? Bowling pace at full-throttle.
He made his debut against Sri Lanka at Southampton on 5 July 2016 and soon became a familiar face on TV by sparkling in various (T20) leagues across the globe. He also got a great chance to prove his claim just before the 2017 IPL auctions. Mills featured in all three T20I games against India and managed 3 wickets at an acceptable economy rate.
Mills had to pinch himself to soak in all the attention he got on February 20, a day that he would never ever forget; An INR 12 crore contract to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore knocked his door. Tymal Mills is a near perfect example of what one can achieve despite the limitations life sets physically. After all, it's a mental game out there. And yes Mills can bowl slow too.