Kyle Jamieson described watching New Zealand chase 139 on the final day of the World Test Championship (WTC) final as “nerve-racking.” So much so that the lanky all-rounder hid in the lavatory to block out the Indian crowd’s noise.
In the end, New Zealand won by an eight-wicket margin, with Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson driving the Kiwis to victory without incident.
Kyle Jamieson told Country Sport Breakfast on Gold AM that seeing his team chase down the runs in the second innings was the “toughest time of cricket he has ever been a part of, in terms of witnessing.” He stated, “
“It was probably the toughest period of cricket I’ve been a part of, in terms of watching. 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.”
Kyle Jamieson with his Swing,seam, bounce & control was absolutely terrific as he picked up his fifth 5- wicket haul in just his 8th Test Match. India would have liked 60-70 more but have a quality bowling attack to make a match of it. Wishing the bowlers good luck. #WTCFinal21 pic.twitter.com/ZGsTgYKvqY
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 20, 2021
Jamieson went on to say that he hid in the bathroom at times to drown out the noise created by the crowd at the Ageas Bowl. He continued, ”
“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.”
“It’s kind of the life we live a little bit” – Kyle Jamieson on playing for Surrey 48 hours after lifting the WTC title
Who better to hit the winning runs than the @BLACKCAPS’ greatest ever Test run-scorer, Ross Taylor?
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2021
Kyle Jamieson stated that saying goodbye to his teammates just 48 hours after their historic WTC victory was difficult. On Friday, the bowler was back on the cricket pitch for Surrey, competing in the T20 Blast. After receiving the Man of the Match award in the WTC final, Jamieson returned with figures of 0-26 in three overs in the T20 encounter.
Kyle Jamieson, on the other hand, isn’t moaning too much and is content with his county cricket experience. In this regard, he stated:
“It was certainly tough to say goodbye to those guys. Coming off a high of what we just experienced and that moment we all enjoyed together, to go and say goodbye was quite tough. It was a quick turnaround. I think within 48 hours I was back on the park playing T20 for Surrey. It’s kind of the life we live a little bit. But it’s nice to stay on and to experience county cricket for the next few weeks.”
Despite his desire to return home, the 26-year-old expressed gratitude for the opportunity to play a sport he enjoys around the world, even in the midst of the pandemic.
The first Man of the Match award winners in ICC Finals 🌟🤩
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