New Zealand seamer Kyle Jamieson is proving to be a trump card for his side and has produced excellent dividends since his debut for the country in early 2020. Kyle Jamieson, one of the four seamers to play in the ICC World Test Championship final against India in Southampton, made a significant difference with the ball and took seven wickets in the match to deliver the mace to the Kiwis. He credited his pace bowling colleagues for working around him effectively and making his job easier.
Kyle Jamieson ended up with a fifer in the first innings after New Zealand chose to bowl first on the second day following a first-day washout. The 26-year old kept generating awkward bounce and the overcast conditions meant that the ball kept moving as well. Even though Virat Kohli ground well on day two, Jamieson showed him the way out early on the following day after a 61-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane. He got rid of Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah to end up with a fifer.
When New Zealand came to bat after bowling out for 217, Jamieson was once again crucial as he produced an invaluable cameo with the bat. He struck 21 off 16 balls and added a quick-fire 30 with Kane Williamson as they gained a 32-run lead. On the sixth day, Kyle Jamieson dismissed Virat Kohli for the second time in the final and removed Chetehswar Pujara within the first hour. The Black Caps kept India to 170, with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor chasing 139 to win comfortably.
We knew we had a big first hour, and just to see how things panned out: Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson said he feels delighted to win the man of the match award and realized the need to make an impact in the first hour of the sixth day. The 26-year old was confident of doing it if they put the ball on the right spots and understood the quality India has. Jamieson did not forget to credit Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner for making his job easier. He also stated it was good to go against his RCB captain, Virat Kohli and take his wicket twice.
“To have something of this context in Test cricket is massive, and to be standing up here is surreal. We knew we had a big first hour, and just to see how things panned out. We were hopeful they might pan out our way if we put the ball in the right place, but we knew this is a quality Indian team as well. It was nice to get the ball first up and to play a part, I guess. The work that Tim, Trent, Wags do, I just ride in on the back of that. It was good to bowl in the nets to him [Kohli at RCB], and to be here and go up against him over the last six days was awesome,” Jamieson told in the post-match presentation.