Mallya said skipper Rahul Dravid and CEO Charu Sharma of the team completely ignored the players he had in mind.
''I had my own list (of players) but the fact is Rahul Dravid and Charu Sharma had their own list and at the end of the day, I decided to take the back seat,'' Mallya told NDTV.
''I was very tempted to bid for players whom I wanted but they held me back. Obviously things have turned out differently,'' he said.
The liquor baron said in the second auction, where Dravid was not present, the former CEO discouraged him to buy players of his choice.
''When Rahul Dravid was not present in the second auction, I wanted to acquire some players but Charu Sharma was very tentative about them. I mean I bought Misbah-ul Haq because I was determined to do it. There were other players I was discouraged about,'' Mallya added.
On sacking Charu and replacing him with former Test player Brijesh Patel, Mallya said, ''Charu Sharma was appointed CEO because I thought he understood cricket and he would add value to the team and the entire Royal Challengers initiative.''