Indian Premier League IPL 2021 Auctions: New Zealand’s swashbuckling all-rounder Kyle Jamieson touted as one of the biggest talking points from Thursday’s IPL 2021 Players auction. Jamieson has bought by Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), on IPL 2021 auction day, ahead of the much-anticipated 14th edition of the rich-cash league. Jamieson has reflected on his unearthly experience of turning into a millionaire overnight as he was being bought by the RCB for a whopping ₹ 15 Cr at the auction.
The seven-feet-tall Kiwi speedster Kyle Jamieson said that the pressure of the big price tag will not affect his performance in any way. In fact, he will go and make a purchase of ‘a few coffees’ after becoming a millionaire within a year of his international debut.
The 26-year-old all-rounder from Auckland has grabbed eyeballs and forced his way into the spotlight after some scintillating performances in international cricket. With a strike rate of over 100 across the formats, Jamieson has created waves in the New Zealand domestic cricket circuit. His ability to pick up wickets with the ball, coupled with his power-hitting abilities, made him a hot pick in the auction.
Delighted to have Kyle on board at @RCBTweets Kyle is a high quality cricketer who has made a significant impact on the International stage in a short space of time. #IPL2021Auction #IPLAuction https://t.co/HSmuq3Opli— Mike Hesson (@CoachHesson) February 19, 2021
"I woke up around midnight and decided to check the phone - just trying to embrace the whole experience. I don't know if this will ever happen again. Rather than trying to avoid the situation, [I thought] I'll sit back and enjoy it. It was certainly a weird hour and a half waiting for my name to be called up,” Jamieson said on Friday morning.
"I had a message from Shane Bond as it was going and he was saying, 'How good is this'. I didn't actually know what the amount of money how that translated to New Zealand dollars. It was quite cool to share that moment with him and ride that two or three minutes with him. I actually called my partner and actually woke her up. She was asleep. I then called mum and dad, they were up as well. I did that, then turned the phone off and tried to get some sleep,” said NZ ace fast bowler.
"I don't know. It's only been a few hours. My bank account hasn't changed overnight, but there'll be a bit of stick given and a few coffees and a few beers I'm sure. To be fair, I don't think a whole lot changes to me," he added.
Kyle Jamieson is currently in a team hotel at the Christchurch ahead of the 1st T20I against Australia, to be played at the Hagley Oval on February 22.