New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson was over the moon after he dismissed Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the first innings of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) Final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Jamieson was pleased to send the Indian captain back to the pavilion early on Day 3. Speaking to the media after the end of the day’s play, the lanky pacer expressed his satisfaction at getting the better of his IPL captain.
“I think he’s a world-class batter, and those guys don’t tend to have too many chinks in their armours. Certainly, pleasing to get him. Like I said before, he’s obviously a massive part of their line-up, and to get him early certainly set things up nicely for us,” he said.
“It was just pleasing in terms of myself being able to wobble the ball and try and keep him in check a little bit, and to get that wicket was pleasing and just a great start for our game,” the 26-year-old added.
Kyle Jamieson hogged all the limelight on Day 3 as he ended up with figures of 5/31. The pacer spoke about the crucial change in strategy, as he reaped rich rewards for the timely adjustment.
“It is certainly not my natural length (ball which dismissed Kohli). Naturally, as a taller guy, you are going to be back of a length. While I felt good at times yesterday, I also felt a little bit tentative,” he stated.
“My body probably sort of brought my lengths back. Today I felt a lot freer and was able to bring that length fuller. Tried to change my strategy a little bit in terms of trying to get it fuller and getting it to wobble a little bit. That paid off,” he added.
The delivery which got the better of the Indian skipper came after a concerted effort by him to swing the ball away from the right-hander. On being asked whether it was a deliberate attempt to trap Virat, Jamieson was coy in his response.
“Oh, I guess yes. Maybe there is some sort of pattern, and this we know talk about a huge amount, the one that I was able to get him (Kohli) today certainly seamed back a little bit,” said Jamieson.
“And that was pretty hard to control as a bowler and pretty harder to manage as a batter no matter who you are. So I don’t think it is necessarily just for him (Kohli),” Jamieson signed off.