New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson, has recently revealed that staying in bio-bubbles for most of the time for the last two years has taken a toll on him. And, because of that, he did not put his name up for the upcoming Indian Premier League mega auction. During a media interaction prior to the upcoming season of Plunket Shield, he expressed his desire to spend more time at home despite being in bio-bubbles.
Over the last two years, Jamieson has left an impact in Test cricket – rising to become the No 4 bowler, No 6 all-rounder and a part of the ICC 2021 Team of the Year in the Test as well. However, he wants to become an integral part of the team across formats.
“Yeah, look, there were a couple of things for me,” Kyle Jamieson said on Thursday. “Firstly, after the last 12 months, it’s had its challenges with MIQs (managed isolation and quarantine) and bubbles and spending a fair amount of time in that sort of set-up. It was important for me, when I look at the schedule coming up over the next 12 months to try and find six weeks or eight weeks where I can spend some time at home.”
He continued: “The second thing for me was, reflecting over the last 12-24 months and understanding that I’m very young in my [international] career and only two years in, that I wanted to have time to work on my game. I guess I didn’t really feel like I was where I wanted to be and if I want to compete for spots in the New Zealand sides moving forward across all three formats, I actually need to spend time working on my game and not just trying to play the whole time. Yeah, for me it was just about time at home and just time to work on my game.”
Despite having played 12 Tests, 5 ODIs and 8 T20Is, he hasn’t done well in IPL. After Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him for a whopping price of INR 15 crore in the 2021 auction, he played nine matches for the franchise. And, he feels the experience of playing in the IPL was useful.
Kyle Jamieson stated: “I don’t think it’s either good or bad, it’s just another learning, another experience to have, and just trying to learn from situations,” he said. “Look, it certainly changed my life and yeah, it was a big moment that happened, but I guess just trying to learn from that, learn from the experience I had in the IPL, and more so the 12 months in general, and I guess some of the restrictions we had around cricket.”
“It’s been good in a way to sit back over these last couple of weeks and over the last couple of months to reflect on the 12 months that have gone and take that stuff into the next couple of Tests (against South Africa) and into the next couple of months moving forward. Look, you see different situations in a game. I think I can kind of read them a little bit better. I have an understanding of where my game is at and how that matches up, but then also a fair bit around what I need to work on. I think just having been around a fair bit of T20 cricket over the last 12 months has actually been pretty good and given me some good learnings and good stuff to reflect on to how I use that April-May period to try and work on my game,” Kyle Jamieson concluded.