Royal Challengers Bangalore's pacer Tymal Mills reckons that the pressure of his humongous price tag of Rs 12 crore can only lead to failure to him.
During RCB's practice session at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, Mills said, "I am not putting pressure on myself because of the money. Because if you do that, then you are setting yourself up for a failure. I am just going to back myself and do what I have been doing for the last two years - the last six months especially.”
Mills is known for his ferocious pace and exceptional variations, talking about his bowling plans, Mills said, "I am not going to change what I have done so far. I am confident with what I do, how I have become successful so far. I am going to come and be aggressive with the new ball and then be smart with my change-ups as the innings goes on.”
He further elaborated, "I understand you are not always going to do well. T20 is a game which is so up and down. In one game, you can take 4 for 10 and then go 0 for 50 in the next game. You have got to be able to temper your expectations and make sure you are level headed, especially when I am going to play half of my games here.”
Talking about the hotter sub-continent, Mills said, "I have played a lot in Asia over the last year. I have toured Sri Lanka twice, Bangladesh twice, UAE recently and India previously. I have played a lot of cricket in sub-continent. Conditions won't be alien to me.”
Mills also clarified that why can’t he play the longer formats of the game, he said, "It was a two-day period. I had all my tests done and sat down in the boardroom with doctors and the chief executive at Sussex, and I was offered retirement. I am only 24, so hopefully, I can do this for a good 8-10 years. You never know. This is all I focus on and hopefully, this won't be my only IPL.”
Mills concluded by talking further about his injury, he said, "T20 option was recommended to him. The back injury and other problems, I had only occurred when I bowled 14-15 overs in a day. This is all I do now and there has been no recurrence. Of course, as all bowlers do, I pick up other injuries like knee, ankle, but I have come here in good health.”