Kyle Jamieson was one of the most expensive buys of the IPL auction and was recruited by the RCB for a whopping 15 crores. The Bangalore based franchise have often struggled due to their weak bowling and were eyeing a decent fast bowler. The Kiwi pacer was in fine form ahead of the IPL auction which may have promoted the RCB management to go for him. Jamieson, who is currently part of the New Zealand squad that’s playing a 5 match T20I series against Australia, is having a forgettable series. The lanky pacer has conceded 175 runs in 15 overs at an economy of 11.66.
Mike Hesson, RCB’s director of cricket operations, however, isn’t too concerned about Jamieson’s form. He said that the club want him to do better but his recent form is not a cause of concern for them.
“He’s a smart enough cricketer, surrounded by good people, and he’ll come out of the other side. When you look at a player, you don’t look at a player just over a very short period of time. You look at the characteristics that he’s got. He’s got some good fighting qualities. He struggled, he didn’t find his lengths, he looked like he lost his run-up. We know he’s a very good player and although we would like him to be performing better, we’re not too worried just yet,” Hesson told Sky Sports NZ, reported ESPN Cricinfo.
He further added that it’s not bad for a youngster to struggle at the top level. He added that the weight of expectations must have put additional pressure on the bowler but this will only help him evolve as a cricketer.
“He’s struggled, probably for the first time in international cricket really, which I don’t think is a bad thing,” Hesson said in a conversation with Ian Smith. “He’s battled to find his lengths, which when you’re put under pressure, that can happen. And pressure not only from the opposition but also the weight of expectations. For Kyle, I don’t think it’s a bad thing.”
Though the official dates are not announced yet, it is believed that the IPL 2021 might start from the second week of April.