T20 World Cup: New Zealand’s quick Kyle Jamieson eyes IPL 2021 to hone T20 skills: New Zealand based Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) speedster is keen on fine-tuning his skills ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled in October-November this year. Jamieson feels that the second leg of the IPL 2021 tournament will give him a head start.
“It certainly gives us, [and] me a little bit of a head-start in terms of getting used to those conditions and those grounds,” Jamieson said. “It’s nice to have a block of T20 cricket going into the World Cup and, like I said, just a good chance to practice some T20 skillsets in the venues we’re going to be playing on.”
Talking of his stint in the first phase of IPL 2021 in India, Jamieson mentioned that he was happy being involved in the T20 format of the game.
“I think it was good to have the first block of T20 cricket and, I guess, you are constantly reviewing that and try and see what the plans are at certain stages of the game, certain conditions, different grounds, different batters,” said Jamieson.
When inquired of the learning’s he derived from his first appearance in the IPL, the tall bowler said, “I guess there’s no specifics around that sort of stuff. But just being involved around T20 cricket for a period of time, sort of, allows you to get into that sort of a mode.”
The Kiwis pacer has made his maiden IPL appearance in this season of the tournament. He was bought by RCB for a whopping price of 15 crores and returned as the second-highest wicket-taker in phase one of the tournament. He claimed nine wickets in seven games at an economy rate of 9.20.
Shane Bond to coach New Zealand for T20 World Cup
The Kiwis would have Shane Bond as a part of New Zealand’s coaching set-up for the T20 World Cup and T20 matches in India which follow the tournament. Jamieson, who had previously worked with Bond in his cricketing days earlier during the A team and during winter camps is excited to be mentored by Bond.
“It’s so cool to have him [Bond] with Steady (Gary Stead) and Jurgo (Shane Jurgensen) and Ronchs (Luke Ronchi) as well,” Jamieson said. “Look, he was a fantastic player and he’s been a fantastic coach and he has coached all around the world as well. So, to have his experience and tap into that is going to be awesome.
He was the head of an A tour that I went on a few years back and he has been involved in winter squads. I guess, there’s always some technical stuff, but a lot around T20 cricket – how to approach, adjust from formats, what does white-ball cricket look like for me and how do I kind of adjust to that, and that sort of stuff… He keeps things very simple; he’s pretty black and white.”
New Zealand will start their T20 campaign against Pakistan in their Super 12s match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26.
T20 World Cup: New Zealand’s quick Kyle Jamieson eyes IPL 2021 to hone T20 skills
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