Test debutant Kyle Jamieson couldn’t have asked for a better start. The six feet and eight inches tall man has a towering personality and he did something similar with the bat. Jamieson hit an entertaining 45-ball 44.
The rookie international hit four sixes and went on to join Australia’s Michael Clarke for the record of hitting most sixes on Test debut. He also broke the record for highest score by a no.9 batsman on debut for the Kiwis. Jamieson broke a 55-year-old record held by Graham Vivian against India in 1965.
Jamieson’s early years and the tough choice
Interestingly, Jamieson took to basketball in the early years. He was associated with the Auckland-based national basketball league team that goes by the name of New Zealand Breakers. He had to make a choice and choose one sport after a point. And he clearly won’t be regretting the decision.
“He started playing cricket at 4 and basketball at around 8 or 9. He played it through high school but it got to a stage where he was doing too much of training and had to choose. I was supportive of any decision he took. I actually enjoyed following his basketball. I learnt a lot about it. I didn’t know much about the sport at all before he started playing it,” Jamieson’s proud father told Cricbuzz.
“Kyle actually has a great sense of humour. He gets his serious side from me and the funny side from his mother. Till the time the right side comes out at the right time, we’re good,” said Michale, the senior Jamieson.
Earlier in the game, Jamieson scalped figures of 4/39 to dismantle the Indian line-up. Virat Kohli’s men got bundled out for mere 165 in the first innings and in reply the hosts made 348 in Wellington.