Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra opined that the New Zealand tall speedster Kyle Jamieson’s move to not bowl in the RCB nets to Virat Kohli with the duke ball in IPL 2021 certainly worked in his favour. Day three of the World Test Championship final started off with Virat Kohli being dismissed LBW for 44 by Jamieson.
It was a huge wicket for the Kiwis as India was all set for a good total on the board, and Kohli’s dismissal opened the room for a cluster of wickets at the back end of the innings. Jamieson finished with a five-wicket haul in the innings thereby, restricting India to 217.
Aakash Chopra Explains The Kohli’s Dismissal
Aakash Chopra mentioned that Jamieson stuck with the outside off-stump line to Virat Kohli on the first day which the Indian skipper was happy to keep leaving. He added that on the next day, Jamieson showed that he can bowl those inswingers too and his movement in both ways created doubts in Virat Kohli’s mind eventually leading to missing a straight delivery.
“He [Jamieson] kept on bowling outside off to Virat Kohli on the first day and he kept on leaving. On this day as soon as he came, he bowled 4-5 deliveries out of which two came in and showed him the way out. Virat Kohli was dismissed at his overnight score of 44. This is why he didn’t bowl to Virat Kohli during the IPL,” Aakash Chopra said on his Youtube Channel.
Aakash Chopra Hails Kane Williamson’s Captaincy
Aakash Chopra lauded that Williamson had an option to choose from for starting the third days’ play with either Trent Boult or Tim Southee and Neil Wagner from the other end but he brought Kyle Jamieson into the attack which just held up the scoring rate and piled up pressure on the Indian batsmen. He added that Williamson knew the conditions really well and used it to his advantage.
“When the play had happened for 64.4 overs, Kane Williamson had options. Whether he should start with Neil Wagner and either Trent Boult or Tim Southee with him because it was the old ball. But Kane is very smart as a captain.
“He read the conditions. It was still overcast and a slightly delayed start, so it was going to swing. He could use swing bowlers from both ends, and so he brought Kyle Jamieson,” Aakash Chopra added.
New Zealand finished with 101 runs for the loss of two wickets at the end of play on day three with Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease.