Injury causes frustrating spell for Tymal Mills as debut Indian Premier League campaign draws to a close

England international Tymal Mills has endured a frustrating time playing in the IPL. Picture: AP Pho

England international Tymal Mills has endured a frustrating time playing in the IPL. Picture: AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi - Credit: AP

His debut season in the Indian Premier League may not have gone to plan but Tymal Mills remains pleased with Twenty20 efforts.

The Brandon-raised fast bowler has been playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore but has seen injuries restrict him to five matches, taking five wickets for 153 runs.

'It's been an extremely frustrating six weeks but an experience I won't forget and have learned a lot from,' Mills said, writing for the Daily Mail.

'I really struggled with injuries during the second half of the IPL, first picking up a hamstring which ruled me out of two games. After recovering I then pulled up with a sore back and had an MRI which luckily showed no major damage.

'The RCB medical staff have been great and kept in constant touch with both Sussex and the ECB in deciding which avenues to take to get me back on the park.

'I went to Dubai for a few days to take my mind off of the injury and on my return I was feeling really good and confident of playing in our last two or three matches until, on literally the last ball of my fitness test, I tweaked my hamstring again – no luck!'

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The England international, a former Mildenhall College pupil who started out playing for Tuddenham St Mary and Mildenhall, is still hoping to feature against the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.

Mills, 24, can only compete in the shorter formats of the game due to a congenital back problem causing the narrowing of his spinal column – but still consistently bowls at speeds of over 90mph.

That pace has earned the Norwich City supporter deals for the T20 competitions of Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Pakistan, before being signed to a £1.4million contract by Bangalore for the IPL.

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He continued: 'While I was only able to play in five (hopefully six) matches out here I am pleased with how I have performed and felt like I was growing into the tournament nicely which bodes well for my confidence if I get picked up again next year.

'This concludes my winter of cricket where I have played over 30 T20 matches in five countries since November. I've been extremely lucky as I've got to travel all over the world, meeting some great people and seeing some amazing places along the way.

'I feel my cricket has improved immensely as playing against the best players in the world consistently forces you to be on your game at all times otherwise you just don't survive.

'I am now looking forward to having some time off, catching up with friends and family and letting my body recover. I'll still be watching the remainder of the IPL as I'll be commentating on the final for Sky a week on Sunday!'

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