New Zealand pacer and batting all-rounder Kyle Jamieson attracted high bids at the auction for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that took place yesterday. He was acquired by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a huge sum of Rs. 15 crores. His base price was only Rs. 75 lakhs but the paddles kept rising and the bids started to meteorically increase as RCB finally bought him.
There was fierce competition from Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings who also seemed bent on acquiring his services. In the end, it was RCB who came up trumps. Jamieson has been making waves in world cricket for quite some time. He troubled India in their tour of New Zealand last year in the test format. His height of 203 cm and the bounce that he can produce act as huge advantage for his bowling. He is more than capable of producing lusty blows down the order with the bat as well.
Kyle Jamieson reacts on getting picked by RCB
Kyle Jamieson spoke about how he followed the auction on his phone at midnight to stuff.co.nz. He was quoted as saying, “I woke up around midnight and decided to check the phone. Rather than trying to avoid the situation, (I thought) I’ll sit back and enjoy it. It was certainly a weird hour and a half waiting for my name to be called up. I had a message from Shane Bond (former New Zealand pacer and Mumbai Indians bowling coach) as it was going and he said, ‘How good is this’. I didn’t actually know what the amount of money, how that translated to New Zealand dollars.”
Speaking about the IPL and getting to share the dressing room with legends like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, Jamieson said, “I think it’s such a special tournament, obviously the biggest franchise tournament around. There’s so many cool experiences to be had over there and learning opportunities. That’s the thing that excites me the most… being able to rub shoulders with these guys. It’s such a unique situation for us as cricketers and to be able to do that is something pretty special.” and signed off.