Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson was the star for New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship. The right-arm pacer delivered a Man of the Match performance and picked up seven wickets for 61 runs in addition to scoring valuable runs down the order. The Kiwi stalwart has admitted to being nervous during the final moments of the World Test Championship. Jamieson revealed he hid in the bathroom as New Zealand inched closer to victory.
“It was probably the toughest period of cricket I’ve been a part of, in terms of watching,” Jamieson told Country Sport Breakfast on Gold AM.
“We were sitting inside and actually watching on TV. There was a bit of a delay but it seemed like every ball the Indian crowd was up and about and I was like ‘jeez it’s a wicket’ or something like that, but it turned out it was just a block or a single.
“It was pretty tough to watch. I actually tried to at times to go to the bathroom where there was no noise to just get away from it for a while because it was quite nerve-racking. But it was nice to have Kane and Ross out there, two of our greatest ever batters really to calm the nerves and finish the job the way they did.”
Apart from a brief moment when Indians had their tail up and bagged the wickets of Tom Latham and Devon Conway in quick succession, New Zealand looked in complete command. Kane Williamson stroked a gritty half-century while Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 47 as New Zealand became the inaugural Test Champions. Talking about the post-match celebrations, Jamieson said there was nothing fancy but the players were happy to get the result in their favour.
“It was good. Nothing too crazy,” Jamieson said about the post-game celebrations. “We just spent time in the changing room and back in the team room. Obviously with the whole Covid situation, there wasn’t a whole lot of getting out and about.
“It was just nice, to be fair, to spend time together and enjoy the time together after a couple of years of hard work and a long tour as well. Just to sit back and enjoy each other’s company was quite nice.”
While other members of the team flew back home, few New Zealanders, including Devon Conway and Kyle Jamieson stayed in the UK and joined their respective franchises for the T20 Blast.
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