Kyle Jamieson has taken the cricketing world by storm. The Kiwi pacer is tall; he can generate awkward bounce off the surface; he can get the ball to nip sharply off the deck, and is a bowler who can be handy for any side, irrespective of the format.
Jamieson is already considered one of the lethal weapons in the armory of the New Zealand bowling line up. The right-arm pacer has taken 36 wickets in just 6 Test matches for his country and averages a stunning 13.28 with the ball in the whites. And with such numbers, and with age on his side, Jamieson is here to stay.
The 26-year-old pacer has registered his name for the 2021 IPL auction, and will surely attract bids from various franchises. The much-awaited IPL auction all set to take place on 18th February 2021.
Let us take a look at 3 franchises that can procure the services of Kyle Jamieson for the 2021 edition of the IPL:
1. Kings XI Punjab
The Kings XI Punjab pace attack bears a weak look ahead of the 2021 IPL auction. While they have Mohammed Shami, who can be lethal both upfront with the new ball as well as at the death, the other names in their squad are pretty ordinary. And, as far as Chris Jordan is concerned, he experienced a poor season in the UAE last year.
Jordan played 9 games, picked up 9 wickets, and his economy rate was a high 9.65 runs an over. Other than Jordan and Shami, the Kings XI side do not even have a single pacer in their current set up who has featured in even 20 IPL matches. While the likes of Ishan Porel and Darshan Nalkande have not played a single IPL match, Arshdeep Singh has just played 11 IPL matches.
And, that is where Kyle Jamieson will come in handy. He can be allowed to open the bowling with Shami, and the prospect of facing the duo of Jamieson and Shami would be a daunting task for any batting line up.
2. Mumbai Indians
Can there be a need for a side that has won 5 IPL titles, and has won 4 titles in the last 6 years? The Mumbai Indians have been the most dominant side in the tournament, and have emerged as the team to beat in the IPL. But then, ahead of the 2021 IPL auction, even they would like to have some boxes ticked.
One look at the players that Mumbai have released ahead of the auction is enough for us to understand why they need someone like Kyle Jamieson in their arsenal. Ahead of the 2021 auction, the Mumbai side has released renowned pacers like James Pattinson, Mitchell McCleneghan, Nathan Coulter Nile, and Lasith Malinga (retired). And in their current set up, they only have two proper frontline pacers in Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult.
While the likes of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya can roll their arms over, they are not specialist bowlers who can get the job done. And, as far as Dhawal Kulkarni is concerned, he featured in just a single match for the Mumbai side last season and is unlikely to get a look in on a regular basis.
And that is why Jamieson can be a wonderful addition to the Mumbai bowling arsenal. Jamieson can open the bowling with Trent Boult, and Bumrah can be reserved for the death overs. Both Boult and Jamieson can get the ball to move sharply upfront and can pose a lot of uncomfortable questions to the batsmen.
And, if Jamieson and Boult open the bowling, it would free up Bumrah to have a go at the death. Needless to say, Bumrah has the best yorker in world cricket today (Malinga has retired), and the Indian pacer can be brutal in the death overs. Jamieson can be an extremely useful pick for the Mumbai side.
3. Rajasthan Royals
Imagine you are an opening batsman, and you have Jofra Archer and Kyle Jamieson running in at you in tandem. On one hand, Archer is quick and can hurry the batsmen with raw pace, and on the other hand, there is Jamieson who can get the ball to move and generate bounce with his extra height. It would be a combination that the very best in the business would not be comfortable with.
Also, when we analyze the Rajasthan squad, we find that they do not have enough depth as far as their pace department is concerned. They have Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, and Andrew Tye in their ranks, and these are not names that can send a shiver down the spine of the opposition. In the last season of the IPL, Andrew Tye featured in just one game for the Royals and gave away 50 runs in his 4 overs. And, even in the 2019 IPL edition, Tye picked up just 3 wickets from 6 games at an average of 77.67.
Jaydev Unadkat leaked runs last year in the UAE, going at an economy of almost 10 (9.91) runs an over. And, as far as Tyagi is concerned, he is just 20 years old and does not have experience under his belt. Tyagi still does not seem to be a finished product as well, and his numbers in the 13th IPL edition were not too impressive. In the 10 matches that Tyagi played in the 2020 edition of the IPL, he picked up 9 wickets and averaged a poor 40.78.
Also, Rajasthan have released 4 pacers ahead of the 2021 IPL auction, as the likes of Oshane Thomas, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron, and Ankit Rajpoot were all let go by the franchise. And that is why, in this scenario, the team that need Jamieson the most is the Rajasthan outfit.
Note: All the stats have been taken from iplt20.com and Howstat cricket
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