England pacer Tymal Mills might have played only a handful of games in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL); however, he has experienced it enough to spot the differences between them. The IPL vs PSL debate has been a long-standing one and has only gained traction, given the meteoric rise of franchise cricket. As for Tymal Mills, he believes that PSL is tough for an overseas fast bowler.
Tymal Mills grabbed the headlines ahead of the 2017 IPL edition when Royal Challengers Bangalore snared him for INR 12 crores. The left-arm seamer debuted only a year before that – taking three wickets in four T20Is – and became one of the costliest players that year. However, Mills could not live up to the billing as he picked up only five scalps in as many games at 30.60 and was released the year after that.
As for the PSL, the Yorkshire-born cricketer has plied his trade for the Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, and the Quetta Gladiators. He has taken 28 scalps for them in 22 games at 21.85. Tymal Mills refused to deny that the IPL is the biggest T20 league in the world, experiencing it on and off the field, while he was awestruck by the crowds in Pakistan when he played an edition in the country for a year. But the left-arm speedster underlined that PSL is tough for a foreign pacer as there are several quicks in Pakistan already.
“The IPL is the biggest league in the world. Nobody can ever deny it. I have seen that and experienced it on and off the field. The PSL, I have played for 4 years. Last year, I played a whole edition which was held in Pakistan, the crowds were brilliant. The stadiums are the same sizes as India, they are largely sold out and there is a real passion. On the field, the PSL is tough as an overseas fast bowler because there are so many quick bowlers in Pakistan, the balance of teams is different,” Mills told Times Now.
The IPL is the highest standard: Tymal Mills
Tymal Mills claimed that IPL boasts of the highest standard as players from almost all countries come to play, with plenty of money available and the tournament breeding success. The 28-year old also conceded that the event is highly competitive as players must perform in every match to keep their place – a reason why it is the number one T20 league in the world.
“The IPL is the highest standard. All countries are available. The money is obviously there. The environment breeds success. Only the best survive. If you don’t perform, you get moved on and someone else comes in. That’s the environment of the IPL and that’s why it is the number-one T20 league in the world,” he added.