For most of his career Tymal Mills has needed the help of bowling coaches or physios to help with his injuries but now it is a financial advisor he is turning to as he comes to terms with being an IPL millionaire.
Last month Mills was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for £1.4 million, catapulting the Sussex left-arm fast bowler alongside some of the game’s biggest names in cricket’s rich league.
It is a far cry from his days working on a fruit stall at 6.30am before going to school in Brandon, Suffolk. The money would help his mother Louise, and he is now promising her a nice present when his IPL money reaches his bank account.
“She won't take anything off me at the moment, but she's great my mum and she'll get looked after definitely,” he said.
“It’s not real yet, not until it goes into my account and I get paid, I’ve had to make arrangements to receive that money, I’ve never come into that type of money before so I’ve got a financial advisor sorted and spoke to my accountant, and set up my bank account accordingly,” said Mills.
“It is a massive amount of money but I’ve not actually thought about it as it’s not real until it’s real, as such.
“I need to buy a house and that will be the first thing. Buy a house outright, so I don’t have to worry about a mortgage, just have to pay my bills, so if all else fails, that sets you up for the rest of your life.
“I try to keep myself level-headed, but there are the same mates back home, a few jokes have been cracked and whatnot, but everyone’s been brilliant.”
Mills joins the IPL at the start of April and is available for all matches, which helped inflate his value at the auction. It will be tough. He knows Twenty20 is “a batsman’s game” and there will be days when he is on a hiding to nothing, disappearing out of the ground. But bowling at 94mph and having a brilliantly-disguised slower ball, too, equip him with the tools to survive.
“With the price tag I've been bought for, there will be a level of expectation and I'm aware of that, but I'm just going to go out there and do what I've done and do what has got me this far,” he said.
“It is going to be tough, playing half my games at Bangalore, you've got to temper your expectations and what is going to be a good day there isn't always going to be a good day somewhere else.”
“Tymal Mills was speaking at a Yorkshire Tea and Chance to Shine event to launch the search for the country’s best Junior Journalists. To find out more and to enter go www.chancetoshine.org/ juniorjourno”