Kyle Jamieson, the Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder, says that whatever he learns while playing in the IPL 2021 will help him when, and if, he features for New Zealand in the T20 World Cup later in the year scheduled in India.
Kyle Jamieson came into the IPL on the back of his brilliant Test performances. But he has lived up to the expectations and fared decently so far picking up 7 wickets in 6 games. He has been on the expensive side at times in the death overs but has used his height, and accuracy in line and length while bowling in the powerplay and middle-overs.
“Absolutely, any experience you can have in this part of the world before the World Cup is valuable. I am not getting carried away, you still have to earn the right to be selected in the T20 World Cup squad.
“I am trying to soak up as much as I can, I am trying to learn. The first five-six games we have played, there have been fresh learnings each time. You gain bits and pieces each time you play, being exposed to pressure situations always helps you,” Kyle Jamieson said after RCB’s 1-run victory over Delhi Capitals on Tuesday.
It has been an eye-opener: Kyle Jamieson
During Delhi’s chase of 172, Kyle Jamieson, who had figures of 3-0-11-1 at a point, was then taken for 21 runs in his last over as Shimron Hetmyer clattered him for 3 sixes. However, thanks to Mohammed Siraj’s yorkers in the last over, RCB escaped with 2 points with a 1-run win.
Kyle Jamieson, who was bought for Rs. 15 crore, said that it was “an eye-opener” for him as he has barely faced such kind of pressure in his career hitherto – the 26-year-old has played 8 T20Is for the Black Caps and 5 ODIs in addition to 6 Tests.
The lanky seamer hopes that RCB wins their next games with a better margin, and he too, executes his yorkers much better than he did against Hetmyer.
“It has been good, it has been an eye-opener. I have loved every second of it, pretty fortunate to gain an experience and yeah, long may that continue. Maybe not one run, but that’s sort of T20 cricket, you cannot take it for granted.
“The run-rate was never at that stage where it was out of reach against the caliber of Pant and Shimron Hetmyer. It was all down to how we execute,” the seamer asserted.
With the victory over Delhi, Virat Kohli’s side returns to the top of the table with 5 wins in their bag. They will next face KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings on Friday.