I didn’t get the chance to use them: Jamieson on bowling with Dukes balls to Virat in the RCB nets
Kyle Jamieson recently shared the dressing room with two of the modern-day game greats, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, during the now-suspended IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore signed the Kiwi all-rounder for a whopping sum of INR 15 crores, making him the club's most expensive buy in the IPL auction.
During a virtual press conference in the UK, Jamieson spoke about his camaraderie with India and RCB captain Virat Kohli, as well as how excited he was to play alongside him and now face him in the World Test Championship Final in June.
“We were talking generally about cricket, having played against each other 12 months before. He was asking me if I had played in England, what his own experiences had been there. No specifics. We went our ways with a sort of parting jibe – ‘See you in a month’s time'."
The 26-year-old further said that he had a couple of Dukes balls in his bag, but unfortunately couldn’t bowl to Kohli in nets due to the league getting a halt in the midway stage.
“I had two Dukes balls in my bag but I didn’t get the chance to use them. I was going to bring them out at the back end of the tournament,” he added.
On his first-ever IPL experience
“My time in the IPL was a great chance to share the dressing room with some legends of the game like Kohli and AB de Villiers. It was great to be involved in that atmosphere, to soak up the knowledge, albeit all the things that were going on outside (the IPL bubble).”