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IND vs NZ 2021: “It helped me grow my game”

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New Zealand pacer Kyle jamieson has admitted that playing in the IPL in front of Test series against India it definitely benefited him even though the formats were contrasting in nature.

Jamieson (3/47) was the choice of the New Zealand bowlers on day 1 of the Kanpur test. He fired Mayank Agarwal (13), Shubman Gill (52) and Ajinkya Rahane (35) to restrict India to 145 by 4. An undefeated resistance of the century between rookie Shreyas Iyer (75 *) and Ravindra Jadeja (50 *) raised to India at 258 for 4 on stumps.

When asked if playing in the IPL helped Jamieson prepare for the series in any way, the tall running back said yes. Speaking at a press conference at the end of Day 1, he explained:

“Obviously, (IPL) is a very different format, but I have experience with some of the conditions here. I was also able to experience India as a whole. Every time you get different experiences that you can learn from, it definitely helps your game regardless of the country or the leagues. It helped me grow my game and gave me lessons that have been good enough to get me into the series. “

The Kanpur game is the first instance of Jamieson bowling in a test match in Asia. When asked if he made any specific adjustments to prepare for the challenge, the Kiwi pacemaker replied that it was more about working on the mental side. He said:

“No, not a lot (of changes). From a mental perspective, I probably tried not to try to change my game. I was very lucky to have guys like Tim (Southee) and Wags (Neil Wagner). For me, it was about taking my game and adjusting a bit to what was put in front of us. “

Jamieson and Tim Southee were chosen as the two pacemakers for the Kanpur trial, while Neil Wagner was left out.

“There was a bit of a variable rebound” – Kyle Jamieson

Jamieson stated that there was a variable bounce indication on Day 1. When asked if the somewhat uneven nature of the surface helped his bowling alley, the 26-year-old noted:

“There was a bit of a variable bounce. Don’t think it was a large amount. We didn’t see throughout each spell the balls going up and down. The stranger stayed a bit low, but I didn’t see the real difference overall. You just have to try to stay there. When the pitches are the way they are, you try to hit the stump, where it can go up and down a bit. “

Aside from Jamieson, Southee (1/43) was the only other bowler to take a wicket for New Zealand on the day, as all three spinners were left without a wicket. Supporting slow bowlers, Jamieson stated:

“I don’t think there is much help for them. We have not seen balls getting big, low or spit. So all of those would probably come into the match as the game progresses. On day 1, they weren’t very helpful to them. “

The three New Zealand spinners, Ajaz Patel, William Somerville and Rachin Ravindra, sent a combined 52 overs in which they managed 166 runs.

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