Cricket World Player of the Week - Kyle Jamieson
8 Tests, 46 wickets, 5 fifers and a batting average of 42.66 - a dream start for World Test Champion Kyle Jamieson.
Kyle Jamieson had not played a Test match outside New Zealand before the team's recently-concluded tour of England. He got into his work with three wickets against England at Lord's and then wreaked havoc with 7 wickets while giving away just 61 runs in the final of the World Test Championship against India.
Jamieson also contributed with a valuable 21 with the bat in the first innings. The 6' 8" bowler was part of New Zealand's five-prong pace attack alongside Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme.
The seamer made the most of the helpful conditions on offer. For a bowler playing just his 8th Test match, he showed exemplary control over line and length.
For his match figures of 7/61, Kyle Jamieson is adjudged the Player of the Match ??#WTC21 Final | #INDvNZ | https://t.co/8pVVHdl8nE pic.twitter.com/WbVspLrSS0— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2021
The way he set up Virat Kohli in both the innings was nothing short of a master class. The two dismissals ended up being turning points in the match.
When Jamieson had Kohli plumb in front of the wickets for 44 in the second innings, the Indian batting line-up collapsed and the team was bowled out for 217. In the last innings as well, after the pacer dismissed Kohli in the first hour of the final day, the remaining Indian batsmen couldn't add much to the total.
Jamieson was awarded the Player of the Match in the final of the ICC event. He now has the honour of being referred to as the maiden World Test Champion for life.
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