Kyle Mills is a former New Zealand cricketer and one of the fastest the team has had. He was born on 15th March 1979 and grew up in the city of Auckland, as a descendent of Ngai Tahu.
He bowled right arm fast-medium. A tall pacer standing at 6 ft 4 in, his bowling was unpredictable with the seamless fluctuation in pace and bounce. Gifted with the ability to move the ball off the length, he picked up wickets for the New Zealand squad on a regular basis, despite having recurring injuries.
He studied at the Murvale Primary School, Bucklands Beach Intermediate and Macleans College. He made his first-class debut in the 1998-99 season for Auckland.
Throughout his career, he has represented Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, Uthura Rudras and the Gemini Arabians.
He made his debut in the ARY Gold Cup at Sharjah against Pakistan, on 15th April 2001 which New Zealand lost because of a terrible batting performance. Mills made an impact on his second match, picking up 3/30 against Sri Lanka.
Mills played his first Test against England in June 2004, but failed to pick up any wicket in the match.
In his ODI debut against Australia in 2005, Mills picked up three wickets, but the Kiwis failed to win the match.
Rise to Glory
Kyle Mills rise to glory came in 2008, with the year proving to be his greatest. With Shane Bond leaving for the Indian Cricket League, Mills emerged as New Zealand’s leading pace bowler.
One of the best performances by Mills was at Durban against South Africa in 2007 where he picked up 5/25, his career best.
Mills was a limited overs specialist, as his Test record was pretty modest. His best performance in Test cricket was also against South Africa in 2006, where he picked up eight wickets in the two matches he played in the series.
He picked up nine wickets at an economy rate of 20.33, against Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee Series following which he climbed to the top spot of the ICC ranking.
Mills had been very unlucky with injuries as he suffered them frequently in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011. He failed to play at the 2007 ICC World Cup in the West Indies and had to withdraw half-way through the 2011 World Cup in the Indian subcontinent.
Mills also had disciplinary issues, as he was not one to back out when flares emerged. In 2005, captain Stephen Fleming had to pull him away from a ugly spat with Graeme Smith. He picked up a couple of fines for breach of the ICC Code of Conduct between 2009 and 2011.
Mills played for the Kings XI Punjab in the inaugural edition of the IPL. He also played for the Mumbai Indians in the following editions until 2011.
Mills captained the New Zealand ODI squad for four matches, losing two, winning one and a single game having no result.
He held the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI Bowling rankings in 2009. He is New Zealand’s second highest wicket taker in ODIs after Daniel Vettori, with 240 wickets from 170 appearances.
He retired from all forms of cricket on 1st April 2015.