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I never expected him to go for 15 Cr: Gambhir on Kyle Jamieson

19 Feb, 2021
I never expected him to go for 15 Cr: Gambhir on Kyle Jamieson
19 Feb, 2021 By Editor

It all started at 75 lacs but by the end of it, New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson had become richer by INR 15 crores. Jamieson, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore, is the third most expensive player in the history of IPL auctions.

Initially, Delhi Capitals had also started bidding for Jamieson but eventually, it became a bidding war between the Challengers and Kings.

The 26-year-old made his Test debut against India last year has been one of the top performers for the Kiwis with 36 wickets in six Tests at a staggering average of 13.27.

Jamieson who stands at 6 ft 8 inches, has featured in four T20s for New Zealand, claiming 3 wickets at an economy rate of 7.75.

The strong-built Kiwi can also bat in the lower-middle order.

On Jamieson being bought by RCB, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said, “Yes I predicted it but never expected that he would go for 15 crore. He hasn’t played T20 cricket much but hopefully, he does well in the IPL,” said Gambhir on Star Sports.

“To be fair, I haven’t paid too much attention to it and for me I’ve been focused on what I can control here and I think things will pan out the way they are going to tomorrow night – whether that means I get picked up and go great and if not there’s still a lot of cricket to be played across the winter. I try not to pay too much attention. Things like that tend to take care of themselves,” Jamieson had told ESPNCricinfo ahead of the auctions.

However, he also talked about the positives of being part of the Indian Premier League.

“That experience, if it comes, I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but it’s certainly a different experience and a lot of new learnings to come from. The probably most exciting thing is that when you get to play in these different environments, there’s a lot of learning and ways to upskill and try to add strings to your bow,” Kyle Jamieson concluded.