IPL 2021: It was an interesting one; New Zealand bowler Kyle Jamieson on his maiden IPL 2021 experience
Kyle Jamieson played for Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore. Jamieson opens up about his experience regarding IPL 2021. He felt that suspending IPL during crisis was the right decision.
New Zealand (NZ) and Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Kyle Jamieson recently recalled his short experience in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as an interesting one. In conversation with the media on Sunday, 26-year-old Jamieson also said that he doesn’t have any idea about his participation in the second leg of IPL in UAE. Excerpts-
“It was an interesting one. It is not something that you could plan for. We were sort of informed right through. We had some pretty good people around us, the BCCI and IPL teams,” said Jamieson.
Resonating with the thoughts of skipper Kane Willamson, Jamieson also seconded the thought that suspension of IPL 2021 earlier on May 4 was the right decision amidst the crisis.
“We just had to do the right thing by ourselves. The situation in India was pretty dire and we were mindful of that what is going outside our bubble. Once it (the virus) got inside it was the right decision to postpone it.
“We just had to keep trusting in those people and control we can control and we had some pretty good people around us to help us get to England.”
Jamieson soaked up the Lord’s atmosphere on the first practice session of New Zealand instead of hard sessions saying they don’t want to push too hard. Kyle Jamieson looks almost certain for taking the field for the first time outside New Zealand in Tests in the first Test match against England.
Thinking about the WTC final before the England series, Jamieson said: “Not really at all. If you look too far ahead you can get caught in the bounce a little bit.
“It is my first trip to England. I am playing cricket for the first time at Lord’s. If I get distracted by something in two-three weeks then I would end up not being in great shape.
“I am just trying to be as mindful as I can around this Test and enjoy. Who knows if it ever happens again for me. So just focusing on this Test and Edgbaston and then the final (against India). It is not going to go away or come any closer so I will take care of this one first.”
BCCI announced that IPL 2021 will resume in September in the UAE. Jamieson cleared the air around his availability.
He explained, “To be fair I have no idea. That news came out a couple of days ago, we have not had any conversation about it. Our mind is on the Test against England and the final against India. Don’t want to look too far ahead.”
New Zealand and England will lock horns in the first Test at Lord’s from June 2-6. The second clash will be played at Edgbaston from June 10-14. Then NZ will face India in the WTC final from June 18-22 at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.