Waking up around midnight in New Zealand, Kyle Jamieson wondered how much Rs 15 crore would be in his country’s currency, after witnessing an intense three-way bid for him in the IPL auction.
The 6’8 “point guard eventually ended up with the Royal Challengers Bangalore for around $ 2 million, making him the highest-paid New Zealander and fourth in the IPL’s 14-year history.
“I woke up around midnight and decided to check the phone. Rather than trying to avoid the situation, (I thought) I’ll sit back and enjoy. It was definitely an odd hour and a half waiting for my name to be called, ”Jamieson said via stuff.co.nz.
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“I got a message from Shane Bond (former New Zealand bowling coach and Mumbai Indians) as it was going on and he said, ‘Is it okay? “.
“I didn’t really know what the amount of money was, how that translates to New Zealand dollars. It was pretty cool to share that moment with him and ride for two or three minutes with him.” The Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings also showed interest in him at Thursday’s auction.
He’s with the New Zealand squad here ahead of the T20 international series against Australia.
Former Black Caps coach Mike Hesson, RCB’s director of cricket operations, led the charge to win the three-way auction for Jamieson, who made his test debut against India at home last year .
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According to the report, his Black Cap retention fee is between $ 100,000 and $ 150,000, making RCB’s winning bid amount 20 times higher.
He completed a quick climb for Jamieson, who is known to pull off an awkward rebound. The quick right-hand man, playing in the 2019 Super Smash, tallied 6 for 7 in four overs, a New Zealand T20 record, which was only improved by three men in the world.
He has so far performed in six tests, two ODIs and four T20Is. He completed two strokes from five wickets in his first four tests and also showed a lot of skill with the bat.
Asked what he would buy if his New Zealand teammates asked for a treat, Jamieson replied, “Probably a few coffees, I would have thought.
“I don’t know. It’s only been a few hours. My bank account hasn’t changed overnight, but there will be some donated stick and some coffees and beers I’m sure.”
Jamieson will join a team of RCB stars, led by Indian captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who won Rs 14.5 crore at the auction.
“I think it’s such a special tournament, obviously the biggest tournament in the franchise. There are so many cool experiences to be had there and there are so many learning opportunities.
“That’s what turns me on the most … being able to hang out with these guys. It’s such a unique situation for us as cricketers and being able to do that is something quite special.”