Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has opined that New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson will be a superstar and has the potential to become the next Andre Russell. The Auckland born cricketer is almost 7 feet making it really tough for the opponent batsman to play him and he could be the surprise package in the upcoming IPL auction. Jamieson has moved up the ranks in the recent games for New Zealand and is well in contention to be picked up in the IPL 2021 Auction.
Kyle Jamieson had a great debut test series against India and has already taken 4 fifers in the 6 tests that he has played at an average of 13.3. He can tonk it coming down the order and has already made useful contributions with the bat. He will be a player to watch out for in the future and needs to be groomed properly to get the full value out of him. Playing in the IPL will bring him a lot of experience and improve his game a lot.
Kyle Jamieson Could Be A Long Term Option Reckons Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir reckoned that Kyle Jamieson could be a worthy pick for the franchises with his all-round abilities. He admitted that Jamieson is not a ‘complete product’ yet but could be an Andre Russell in the making. Gambhir suggested the franchises to keep Jamieson as a long term option as the youngster has very little experience. Kings XI Punjab who are desperate in need of an all-rounder would want the services of Jamieson, Gambhir added.
“Kyle Jamieson is not a big name at the moment, but he will turn out to be a superstar. This is probably the right auction for all franchises to get a hold of him. And because he is someone whom you can keep for a longer period of time. He is seven feet, he is that tall. He can bowl 140 and can hit the ball long. He probably could be the next Andre Russell in the making,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.
“Yes, he’s not a finished product and everyone knows about it but is someone who is probably young and you can have that core built around him. A franchise like Kings XI (Punjab Kings) who are looking for that all-rounder or some other franchise, they can think of someone like Jamieson,” Gautam Gambhir told.
“He’ll Only Start Getting Better” – Gambhir
Gambhir noted that Andre Russell and Chris Morris have attained the peak and have no room for improvement while Jamieson could improve a lot and provide the same impact of the world-class all-rounders in the future. He added that Sunrisers might need him as a good finisher at 6 as well as to bowl with the new ball.
“Even Sunrisers, because he is someone who can bowl with the new ball, and can bat at No. 6 and 7 and can hit the long ball against spin and fast bowling. He’s a great asset and he’s going to get better from here.”
“It’s not as if he’s reached his peak. There are players like Russell and Morris, who have already reached their peak. They can’t get better than this. But with Jamieson, there will always be this thing where he’ll keep improving. This is his first experience in India, he’ll only start getting better from here on. So it will be a great addition if someone can pick him and keep him for a long time,” the former KKR captain added.
Kyle Jamieson has set his base price at 75 lakh for the upcoming auction tomorrow in Chennai.