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The steep rise of Jamieson (15 Crore=26,80,698 NZ $)

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:dance2: Kyle Jamieson @7 feet 6 inch (RCB) Something Special

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The steep rise of Jamieson

February 18 2021

Kyle Jamieson was bought for INR 15 Crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore

It is the New Zealand cricket summer of 2013 and the national Under-19 tournament is underway. Dayle Hadlee, ex-New Zealand under-19 bowling coach, is keeping an eye on some of the upcoming players ahead of the Under-19 World Cup in the UAE. And he spots a 2.03 m tall cricketer showing all the ingredients of taking his game to the next level.

"I couldn't get over how tall this fellow was," Hadlee tells Cricbuzz. "And I saw his bowling which was okay but wasn't hugely impressive. But he was selected in the New Zealand Under-19 team in 2014 for the UAE to go to the Under-19 World Cup. I saw a lot of him there. And that is when I saw something special."

And on Thursday, it was the Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) turn to acknowledge just how special a talent he is as they ended up spending a whopping Rs 15 crore to gain his services for IPL 2021. It made him the highest price-winner among Kiwis in the history of the tournament.

Back when Hadlee noticed him though, the immense potential in Jamieson's bowling still needed polishing. "There wasn't enough momentum in his run-up. So, he wasn't attacking the crease as much as he should have. So, we tried to increase the momentum. And also as he was approaching the crease, his feet used to cross over. He wasn't running in direct lines. So, we tried to get that right. The next thing was to get a heavier landing on the front foot. So that he can have a braced front leg and we did a lot of drills. In fact, we did so many that it hurt his ankle which wasn't a very good outcome."

Jamieson came through the ranks steadily and eventually earned his maiden Test cap against India in Wellington last year. Since then he has bagged 36 wickets at an astonishing average of 13.27. One of the key features of Jamieson's growth has been his ability to learn his trade quickly. He already had the outswinger, alongside extracting awkward bounce. Just that recently he added another bow to his arrow - the inswinger-famously bowling out Roston Chase during the Test against the West Indies.

Heinrich Malan, Jamieson's coach at Auckland Aces, pointed out that the tall paceman worked on his inswinger during the winter to add more firepower to his bowling. "He obviously always had the ability to bowl the outswinger. So we worked over the last winter to not necessarily make it the dangerous ball but more to find a way to make his outswinger more dangerous. As it has worked out this year, the inswinger has become a real weapon."

Malan has been working with Jamieson on a range of factors to help him evolve further as a bowler. "We have worked on three things to be fair. One was the role we play. Being really connected with his action. Point 2 - To get a better understanding of the biomechanical working of the action. And understanding every action... every small piece within your action has a direct and opposite reaction from a biomechanical point of view. So, since he has tightened up his action... ultimately at this stage of the year he is playing, we don't want to tweak too many things when we are playing.

"But understanding that moving forward as an international cricketer there isn't going to be too much of downtime. So just trying to make sure that a couple of fundamentals are in place to refer back to every now and again. And make sure that run up speeds where we needed to be so that he gathers enough momentum in the bound to align everything from a sequence perspective. We can hold that bound for a second longer on the back-foot contact and allow the front side to snap in and get over that front braced leg. If he keeps doing it consistently... we have seen this year, he has picked up a couple of yards of pace. The third piece to the repertoire is the skill piece," he says.

It isn't just the longest format where Jamieson is looking to make incremental improvements, but he is also trying to polish his limited overs skills. He has already shown potential in the shortest format of the game by snaring a six-wicket haul against his current team, Auckland Aces, in 2019. It was perhaps one of the many performances from the towering all-rounder that eventually caught the eye of a number of franchises in the IPL during Thursday's auction.

"T20 is an interesting game, isn't it? It is the toughest piece of the three formats in terms of you got only 24 balls, you have got batters coming at you. The game is a lot quicker. He has got the desire to play all three formats for New Zealand. It is going to be the biggest challenge especially with two T20 WCs around the corner.

"He is still working on his basic fundamentals around the T20 game - The ability to bowl the yorker, the straight yorker and the wide yorker is like a gold dust. If he can consistently execute that under pressure... something that he is pretty aware of and something that he is keen to work on. As important as that is to ensure he doesn't become predictable. I mean he has got a couple of specific work-ons. From an action perspective, he is confident now where he needs to be at this stage. As a person and a cricketer, he wants to get better every day."

Even though Jamieson has shone brightly as a bowler, he hasn't put his batting skills on the backburner. He has already made an impression with the bat in Test cricket, essaying a crucial hand of 49 against India and following it up with his maiden Test fifty versus the West Indies. "Last year, during the winter when we had all our players in and around Auckland most of the time with the lockdown, it was a good opportunity for him to do a lot of bowling. Also, he has always been very keen to improve (his batting). He has obviously shown that he has got some potential with the bat. So, he worked really hard with the coaches in Auckland to understand what his method is going to be in different formats of the game."

And come the IPL, Virat Kohli and RCB will be hoping that Jamieson ends up showcasing his multiple skills and captures the imagination of the Indian public, and not just because of his height.

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It’s dream come true. It sure would help more kiwi kids play cricket over rugby.
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1.30 am NZ time he know that news.He was over joyed
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