While some might not like the aggressive nature of Virat Kohli on the field, but for Kyle Jamieson, it is just the Indian skipper’s passion for winning games. The New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson believes Virat Kohli is a lovely and welcoming guy who is just quite intense and fierce in the field.
Kyle Jamieson and Virat Kohli share the same franchise in IPL, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The franchise bought the Kiwi pacer for Rs. 15 crore during the IPL 2021 auction. Hence, he executed bowling for the franchise under the leadership of Virat Kohli during the first leg of IPL 2021 in April this year.
Virat Kohli Is Nice And Welcoming Guy Off The Park, Says Kyle Jamieson
Speaking on Sports Entertainment Network’s radio show Baz and Izzy for Breakfast, Kyle Jamieson called his RCB teammate Virat Kohli a nice and welcoming guy off the field.
“He is a lovely guy. I have played against him a couple of times and obviously, he is quite intense and quite fierce in the field, but off the park, he is so nice and welcoming. He just loves to win as well. He could be at it on the field and stuff, but he is just passionate about being there, about winning,” Jamieson said.
The right-arm pacer also said that he is fortunate to be part of a tournament like the Indian Premier League.
“It’s good to see how different guys work. We have got some good overseas players in our group. So, yes, pretty fortunate to be involved in a tournament like that,” he added.
Kyle Jamieson was also a little disappointed to not be able to travel India during his stay for IPL 2021 first leg as the country was observing a partial lockdown in many states due to covid-19’s second wave.
“India was under lockdown when I was there. So we were pretty much in bubbles. I kind of missed out on that experience which is a shame. Hopefully, once this thing gets down, I can get back there and get a taste of what it’s really like,” Jamieson further said.
Kyle Jamieson picked 9 wickets in 7 games during IPL 2021 first leg at an average of 24.44 and economy of 9.2. Post-IPL 2021, the Kiwi bowler gave a spectacular bowling show for New Zealand during the ICC World Test Championship final against India in June, picking 7 wickets to emerge as the player of the match.
Now, the 26-year-old player is set to join the RCB squad in UAE for the second leg of IPL 2021. The tournament will resume on September 19 with the first encounter between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. RCB currently holds 3rd spot in the points table with 5 victories in 7 games.