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Tymal Mills's first diary entry as a Sportsmail's new columnist to dailymail.co.uk
The most expensive specialist bowler in the VIVO IPL ever, Tymal Mills is chronicling his stint for a UK publication. Here is what he wrote about his arrival, first game with RCB, his new teammates and pastimes in India. Mills is a speed demon and we are nothing less than ecstatic to have him the Royal Challengers squad.
"I didn't know what to expect from the IPL but was pleasantly surprised with how relaxed and calm our preparation was in the lead up to our first match in Hyderabad." He added.
Having worked with Daniel Vettori in Australia helped Mills "I had a good idea of how he liked to run his teams and everything was done in a clinical manner. No training for the sake of it, get your stuff done and go home. Simple!"
Mills is delighted with his performance in the 2017 VIVO IPL so far and asserted "Now I have found myself involved in every game so far and have been pleased with how I've performed. There is no hiding place out here as every team is stacked with the best talent in the world so it's a real test of your skill and consistency and I definitely feel like I am learning a lot but holding my own nicely."
He also added, "I haven't changed too much from what I have been doing for England and in the other competitions but am definitely thinking a lot more about the game as you have to be so switched on."
About the world-class company at RCB, he said "It's been pretty cool to rub shoulders and be around some of the big names and personalities in our team such as Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers to name but three.
Unfortunately Virat has been injured to date and AB missed the first two but made up for lost time playing one of the better innings you are likely to see against Kings XI Punjab so certainly made up for lost time.
All three are very different, but great characters to have in and around the dressing room and are always there to speak to guys either at training or have a drink with away from cricket. I certainly look forward to more of this as the competition goes on."
The fiery bowler didn't keep himself from conveying his first experience in India and in VIVO IPL voyage so far "We are looked after very well here as the IPL moves around this vast country. The hotels, as you would expect, are excellent and the food is outstanding on every stop. There is, of course, downtime and little opportunity to see too much of India with crowds of people interested in you wherever you go." he shared.
When he is not busy picking wickets and training for the battles, he enjoys his crime drama and has a taste for rap music. "we all turn to music and box sets to fill the time and I have three TV series on the go at the moment in the form of The Walking Dead, How to get Away with Murder and the new Prison Break. I like my crime dramas!"
"And as for sounds, then accompanying me around the sub-continent is Drake and his new album. Can't go wrong!" he added.
How did he find the IPL experience which has so many Englishmen overwhelmed? "In all of the matches I have played so far the atmosphere and noise have been at a different level to anything I have experienced before. I really can't compare it to anything as in football at home you always get your quiet periods of the game where the crowd is pretty subdued but T20 cricket in India is relentless noise for three hours.
The people are just fanatical. We lost that first match but bounced back well in the second at home against Sam Billings and Delhi before losing again to King's XI. So it's been an up and down start but there's all to play for." he concluded.
We hope Tymal remains consistent in VIVO IPL, picking numerous wickets for the Royal Challengers and spurring them to success.