Despite the fact that New Zealand needed only 139 runs on the sixth day to win the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India, fast bowler Kyle Jamieson was worried as he watched the event develop with his teammates. Instead, the tall pacer preferred the toilet and remained there during the team’s chase. The loudness from the Indian crowds made him uneasy, according to the 26-year-old. Kyle Jamieson felt nervous when while watching the action from the dressing room.
Kyle Jamieson felt nervous | ‘It was probably the toughest period of cricket’ – WTC Final
In the end, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson guided the Blackcaps to victory with eight wickets remaining in what turned out to be a very easy chase. By limiting India to just 170 in the second innings, the bowlers set up the chase for the batsmen. With the ball in hand, Jamieson enjoyed a spectacular performance, picking up seven wickets.
‘It was probably the toughest period of cricket’: Jamieson
The tall pacer said that he was quite apprehensive while watching the run-chase. “It was probably the toughest period of cricket I’ve been a part of, in terms of watching. We were sitting inside and actually watching on TV. There was a bit of a delay but it seemed like every ball the Indian crowd was up and about and I was like ‘jeez it’s a wicket’ or something like that, but it turned out it was just a block or a single.”
While the rest of the New Zealanders headed home, the 26-year-old remained in England to play T20 cricket for Surrey. Jamieson acknowledged that saying goodbye to his mates was difficult, but he also thought that it was crucial to concentrate on the challenges ahead.
“It was certainly tough to say goodbye to those guys. Coming off a high of what we just experienced and that moment we all enjoyed together, to go and say goodbye was quite tough. It was a quick turnaround. I think within 48 hours I was back on the park playing T20 for Surrey. It’s kind of the life we live a little bit. But it’s nice to stay on and to experience county cricket for the next few weeks.”