Kyle Jamieson became India’s nemesis in the final of the World Test Championship. The pacer returned with match figures of 7 for 61 in 44 overs along with 21 valuable runs for his team and played a decisive role in New Zealand’s triumph. ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar is mighty pleased with Jamieson’s evolvement and feels he has the skills to become one of the leading all-rounders in world cricket.
“Kyle Jamieson is a fantastic all-rounder. He is going to go on and become one of the leading all-rounders in world cricket,” Tendulkar said on his YouTube channel.
“When I had seen him last year in NZ, he impressed me,” the maestro said.
Tendulkar further highlighted why Jamieson was more successful in the WTC final than Tim Southee or Trent Bult. Tendulkar went on to say that Jamieson’s height is a big advantage to him, adding that his ability to seam the ball helped him bag more wickets. Tendulkar said that Jamieson’s variations and consistency impressed him the most.
“If you see his bowling, he is very tall and more than swinging, he likes to bowl seaming deliveries. He is a different bowler compared to Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner. Jamieson hits the deck hard and whatever he does, is off the seam. There were variations which he used where he angled his wrists and bowled big inswingers. There was reasonab
Talking about Jamieson’s skills with the willow, Tendulkar said that he used his height as an advantage to play big shots that turned the momentum in favour of New Zealand.
“His partnership with Williamson was a critical one for New Zealand. He chose to attack from ball one and used his height beautifully. A tall batter, who can get on to the front-foot and makes a big statement.
“That kind of unsettles the bowler and they have to pull back their lengths because the batter is using his height. When the ball has to come chin high, then length has to be short and that gives batter chance to play horizontal bat shots and that’s what Jamieson exactly did. Anything off length, he used his height beautifully, stood tall and played most of them.”
The WTC final was heading towards a draw before the Indians collapsed in the third innings. Kyle Jamieson set the tone for New Zealand with the wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the first hour of Day 6. Tendulkar reckoned that losing Kohli and Pujara so early hurt India.
“On the last day, it was very important to at least bat till the first drinks break. Then we had the firepower to accelerate and play shots. The rest of the players also when they realise that we are in safe zone and New Zealand can’t chase, then the mindset changes. So a partnership at the start was critical,” Tendulkar said.
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