New Zealand star cricketer Kyle Jamieson might have delivered the goods on the grandest stage of Test cricket; however, many might not know the nervousness he felt during the final moments of the ICC World Test Championship final. New Zealand beat India comprehensively in Southampton to become the inaugural champions of Test cricket. Kyle Jamieson revealed he felt so jittery during the dying moments of the match that he locked himself in the bathroom.
Kyle Jamieson picked up the man of the match award in the ICC World Test Championship final for taking seven wickets in two innings. The 26-year old snared a fifer in the first innings, followed by two more in the second to restrict India to paltry totals. Jamieson’s achievements were more significant as he dismissed the Indian captain Virat Kohli twice in the decider to give New Zealand the upper hand. He also contributed a quick-fire 21 with the bat in New Zealand’s first innings.
Kyle Jamieson recalled the final moments of the game as perhaps the toughest he experienced in terms of watching. The 26-year old remembered the Indian crowd making noises and had the feeling it was a wicket; however, it was either a dot or a single. Jamieson highlighted that he went to the restroom when there were no noises just to get away from the nail-biting moments. But the seamer praised the calm heads of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor for finishing the job.
“It was probably the toughest period of cricket I’ve been a part of, in terms of watching. We were sitting inside and actually watching on TV. There was a bit of a delay but it seemed like every ball the Indian crowd was up and about and I was like ‘jeez it’s a wicket’ or something like that, but it turned out it was just a block or a single. It was pretty tough to watch. I actually tried to at times to go to the bathroom where there was no noise to just get away from it for a while because it was quite nerve-racking. But it was nice to have Kane and Ross out there, two of our greatest ever batters really to calm the nerves and finish the job the way they did,”
We just spent time in the changing room and back in the team room: Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson further stated that they did not have extravagant celebrations after winning as they spent time in the changing and back rooms. The Auckland-born cricketer underlined that with the COVID-19 in place, it was not possible to go around and out much.
“It was good. Nothing too crazy. We just spent time in the changing room and back in the team room. Obviously with the whole Covid situation, there wasn’t a whole lot of getting out and about,” he added.