first_img(REOPENS DEL 41) (REOPENS DEL 41) For left-armer Mills, who bowls at 90 mph, what got RCB going was the search for a replacement for Mitchell Starc, who pulled out of the IPL yesterday. “Bangalore has a very small ground. It favours batsmen — the average first innings score was 199, and second innings was 190 and therefore, we really needed bowlers, especially with Mitchell Starcs unavailability this edition, and therefore Tymal Mills was a great buy. He suits the playing conditions in Bangalore,” RCB chairman Amrit Thomas told reporters. Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani said that her team was not disappointed despite going deep into the bidding battle for both Stokes and Mills. “When you enter an auction, you leave disappointment outside the room as there isnt a straight forward strategy. We always have back up strategies. We are not disappointed. We are very happy with the players we have,” she said. On buying India discard Karn Sharma for Rs 3.2 crore, Ambani said: “We needed a leg-spinner.” Among notable international players, New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson and Sri Lankan Test captain Angelo Mathews were picked up by Delhi Daredevils at their base price of Rs 1 Crore (USD 150,000)and Rs 2 crore (USD 300,000) respectively. Daredevils also bought South African paceman Kagiso Rabada for Rs 5 crore after some bidding. New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult was picked by KKR at Rs 5 crore (USD 750,000). PTI BDN KHS PM PMlast_img read more