IPL 2021: Jamieson reveals struggle with IPL hype: Few eyebrows were raised when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) paid a whopping Rs 15 crore for New Zealand’s relatively inexperienced pacer Kyle Jamieson at the IPL 2021 auctions. However, RCB’s director of cricket Mike Hesson knew paying such an exorbitant amount was justified for Jamieson, who has had a good run in IPL 2021 before it was suspended. However, the Kiwi himself had struggled to live up to the hype generated by such a price tag and had to seek a psychologist’s counsel before the tournament, he revealed ahead of the England series and the ICC WTC Final against India.
While in TV interviews, Kyle Jamieson seemed unaffected by such a sudden change in fortunes but internally, it was a struggle that unfolded during New Zealand’s series against Australia, immediately after the IPL 2021 auctions. In four T20Is, he returned with a figure of 1/175, bowling 15 overs with a painful economy rate of 11.66.
“That price tag brings with it expectations. At first, I didn’t think much of it but as people will have seen in the Australia series immediately after the auction, things didn’t unfold as I would have wanted and that was down to the magnitude of the situation. I wasn’t handling things as well as I could have. There is no textbook or manual to deal with that sort of thing. It certainly took me a while to process it all,” Kyle Jamieson told Daily Mail.
Those horrendous spells made him realise that something wasn’t right and Jamieson turned to Pete Sanford, New Zealand’s mental skills coach. Before that, Kyle Jamieson had to seek mental help to address the on-field behaviour that he was immensely criticized for.
“I spoke to him about the weight I put on myself. I’d only been in international cricket for 12 months and that was the crux of it. A week in isolation in India allowed me to reflect on how I was going to move forward,” Jamieson said.
ICC WTC Final: Kyle Jamieson expected to be integral part of Kiwi pace attack
Before the IPL 2021 auctions, Kyle Jamieson had a superb form. In six Test matches, the Kiwi quick scalped 36 wickets including four five-wicket hauls. He also scored 226 runs at an average of 56.50. He was one of the main reasons why New Zealand qualified for the ICC World Test Championship Final. Back in the IPL, he did decently, bagging 9 wickets in 7 matches.
“I don’t know if you can ever be sure how you are going to go on the international stage until you’ve played. It’s a great unknown when you’ve played domestic cricket and move up. I don’t look at success as numbers. I look at it as contributing to the team. Whether that means four or five wickets, or none but building pressure at the other end, either is fine by me,” Jamieson said.
In the first Test against England on June 2, he will play an ever-important role in absence of Trent Boult, who has opted out due to family reasons. In Boult’s absence, Jamieson will partner Tim Southee with the new ball in the Lord’s Test, expecting to hit good rhythm before the ICC WTC Final against India from June 18. He hopes to combine his height with English conditions and Duke balls to deliver a punch to Virat Kohli’s Team India.