Kyle Jamieson, the 6’9” tall New Zealand pacer got a life-changing experience during the IPL 2021 auction. He earned an INR 15-crore bid from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise on the 2021 IPL auction day.
The 26-year-old Auckland native has done a lot in his short international career and has 36 wickets in 6 Tests, including a best of an 11-wicket haul against Pakistan recently. Jamieson’s record-breaking IPL salary among all New Zealand players was one of the biggest talking points of the auction.
I Don’t Know If This Will Ever Happen Again- Kyle Jamieson
Sharing his surreal experience, Kyle Jamieson said that he doesn’t know if it will happen again, but he is trying to soak everything in.
“I woke up around midnight and decided to check the phone – just trying to embrace the whole experience. I don’t know if this will ever happen again. Rather than trying to avoid the situation, [I thought] I’ll sit back and enjoy it. It was certainly a weird hour and a half waiting for my name to be called up,” Jamieson said on Friday morning.
“I had a message from Shane Bond. It was quite cool to share that moment with him and ride that two or three minutes with him. I actually called my partner and actually woke her up. She was asleep. I then called mum and dad, they were up as well,” Jamieson added.
Accept That There Will Be Expectations But That’s Been The Case The Whole Time I’ve Played
Jamieson has become part of the New Zealand national set up in all three formats in a short time and mentioned that though he is happy to earn such a big deal with the RCB in IPL 2021, the price tag will not affect his performance in any way.
“I accept that there will be expectations but that’s been the case the whole time I’ve played. I think it’s such a special tournament, obviously the biggest franchise tournament around. There’s so many cool experiences to be had over there and learning opportunities. That’s the thing that excites me the most is being able to rub shoulders with these guys,” Jamieson said.
He further said that he’ll instead purchase some coffees and beers once the money is credited in his bank account as he becomes a millionaire within a year of his international debut.
“I don’t know. It’s only been a few hours. My bank account hasn’t changed overnight, but there’ll be a bit of stick given and a few coffees and a few beers I’m sure. To be fair, I don’t think a whole lot changes to me,” he added.