Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Want to spend six-eight weeks at home in next 12 months: Jamieson on skipping IPL auction. Kyle Jamieson was picked by RCB for INR 15 crore in the auction before last season
Kyle Jamieson was picked by RCB for INR 15 crore in the auction before last season
Kyle Jamieson, the New Zealand fast bowling all-rounder revealed that staying in bio-bubbles for most parts of the last two years has taken a toll on him, which prompted him to not put his name up for the upcoming Indian Premier League auction. During a media interaction ahead of the upcoming season of Plunket Shield, he expressed his desire to spend more time at home having been in COVID-19 restricted environments for most days since the resumption of cricket in 2020.
Over the last two years, Jamieson has not only made 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 longest format, but has also represented New Zealand in ODIs and T20Is. However, he wants to become an integral part of the team across formats.
“Yeah, look, there were a couple of things for me,” Jamieson, who will be playing for Auckland in New Zealand's domestic season, 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.
“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.”
Even as he has gone on to become an important figure in New Zealand cricket since making his debut in February 2020, having played 12 Tests, 5 ODIs and 8 T20Is, his stint in IPL wasn't up to the mark. After being bagged by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 15 crore in the 2021 auction, making him the second-most expensive buy, he went on to play nine matches for the franchise. He believes the experience of playing in the tournament was useful.
“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.”