New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson has reckoned that getting a lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract in February affected his performance in the subsequent T20I series against Australia.
Jamieson, who was bought for a whopping ₹15 crore by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the IPL 2021 Auction, had a torrid outing with the ball in the five-match T20I series against the Aussies, conceding 175 runs in 15 overs at an economy of 11.67.
The 26-year-old managed to take just one wicket in the four games that he played. Jamieson acknowledged that he didn’t handle the situation well after getting a mega IPL contract.
“That price tag brings with it expectations. At first, I didn’t think much of it but as people will have seen in the Australia series immediately after the auction, things didn’t unfold (as I would have wanted) and that was down to the magnitude of the situation.
“I wasn’t handling things as well as I could have. There is no textbook or manual to deal with that sort of thing. It certainly took me a while to process it all,” the lanky pacer told the Daily Mail.
Kyle Jamieson, however, bounced back and had a decent outing for the RCB in the now-postponed IPL 2021. He scalped 9 wickets from 7 outings while bowling at an economy rate of 9.2.
The 26-year-old has undoubtedly played an important part in the Blackcaps’ run to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship. Jamieson, however, believes success shouldn’t be measured in pure numbers.
“I don’t look at success as numbers. I look at it as contributing to the team. Whether that means four or five wickets, or none but building pressure at the other end, either is fine by me,” he added.
The Kiwis are set to face England in a two-match Test series, starting from June 2 at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium, followed by the WTC Final against India in Southampton from June 18-22.