Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)’s director of cricket Mike Hesson’s decision to shell out INR 15 crores on New Zealand seam-bowling all-rounder Kyle Jamieson might start to backfire, considering his recent struggles. Kyle Jamieson earned an extravagant deal at the IPL 2021 auction in Chennai from the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who dished out INR 15 crores after a dog fight with other franchises. But Mike Hesson is not too worried about his latest performances.
Kyle Jamieson might have produced some fireworks in the Test and ODI arena; however, he has been far from impressive in the shortest format. The towering paceman has leaked quite a few runs in the four out of five T20Is against Australia, maintaining an economy rate of at least 10 in almost every game. Along with that, Jamieson has taken only one wicket and has not crafted any game-changing knocks as anticipated.
Mike Hesson reminded that Kyle Jamieson has struggled for the first time in international cricket, battling to find the correct lengths. The former New Zealand coach underlined that it can happen when the bowler feels the pressure not only from the opposition but due to the weight of the expectations.
“He’s (Kyle Jamieson) struggled, probably for the first time in international cricket really, which I don’t think is a bad thing. He’s battled to find his lengths, which when you’re put under pressure, that can happen. And pressure not only from the opposition but also the weight of expectations. For Kyle, I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” Hesson told Sky Sports New Zealand.
He’s got some good fighting qualities: Mike Hesson
The Kiwi further said that when looking at a player, one does not consider his performances over a short period but also take into account other qualities. Hesson believes that Jamieson is a fighter and would want him to perform better than he has in T20s so far. Nevertheless, he remarked that they are not too worried yet.
“When you look at a player, you don’t look at a player just over a very short period of time. You look at the characteristics that he’s got. He’s got some good fighting qualities. He struggled, he didn’t find his lengths, he looked like he lost his run-up. We know he’s a very good player and although we would like him to be performing better, we’re not too worried just yet,” he added.