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Last month, the Royal Challengers Bangalore bid INR 12 crore to acquire the services of England speed demon Tymal Mills. But, what was the reasoning behind their decision to splash the cash for him?
The bid Mills received was the highest for a specialist bowler in the history of the IPL auction, which left people stunned as to why he had attracted so much attention and such a high price.
According to Daniel Vettori, the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the franchise had every intention of spending a large amount on Mills from the get-go.
“We splurged on Tymal because he was a part of our auction strategy,” Vettori told Times of India. “He is available through the season and is in good form having done well in the Big Bash League. He comes with skills which are well-suited for the size and conditions at our home ground – the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
“We had Rs 17 crore in our kitty so we certainly had our limits. That said, when you target players it is important to be flexible with your purse because you can’t control the course of the auction.”
With the amount spent on Mills, there will be a lot of pressure on the 24-year-old to deliver in the upcoming edition of the IPL, which begins on April 5.