RCB on Tymal Mills: We really needed bowlers with Starc not available

Royal Challengers Bangalore chairman RCB Amrit Thomas said: "We really needed bowlers with Starc not available. We would have done whatever was required."

Tymal Mills

Tymal Mills was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 12 crore.   -  AP

Royal Challengers Bangalore chairman RCB Amrit Thomas addressed the media after his >side spent Rs. 12 crore to buy England pacer Tymal Mills.

Thomas said: "Our strategy is very clear. Bengauru is a small ground, favours the batsmen, average first innings score was 199, second innings 190..."

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"We really needed bowlers with Starc not available. We would have done whatever was required."

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"Tymal Mills was a great buy. He's a T20 specialist in our estimate. Our view is that he will be available."

On Starc's pull-out, Thomas said: "This is a game about the product on the field. And it is the players who create the product on the field and we enjoy. When you have international players, you have to find a solution in the interest of the game. This was in the best interest of everybody given the kind of workload fast bowlers have. That was our intention."

"If he had come in with that workload, the risk would have been far greater for everyone. This was absolutely as per regulation"

Thomas said that RCB was aware of >Starc's decision much ahead of the auction. "Starc's pull-out was planned. It was not last minute."

On buying Pawan Negi, Thomas said: "We wanted a bowling all-rounder. He gives us a bowling option."