What makes Kyle Jamieson a Perfect Bowler

The 23rd of June marked the end of an exhilarating 2-year cycle of The World Test Championship. The Test Championship Final was the most anticipated contest in the recent past and it even proved out to be so with a fierce battle between the bat and the ball. Yet again, fans got to taste the essence of Test Cricket. Both the teams gave their absolute best in the contest and fortunately, we got a winner! With 2 days getting washed out due to the rain gods’ intervention, it seemed like we were heading towards an exasperating result. Nonetheless, cricket fans were fortunate enough to watch one team win. Let’s be honest, New Zealand outplayed the Indian team and the former was the better team in the match. India gave a disappointing batting performance in the second innings and that costs them the match, in fact.

But the man who troubled the Indian batting order throughout the course of the match and was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award stole the attention. Kyle Jamieson took 5 important wickets in the first innings and knocked down India’s top two batsmen in the format in the second innings. The 26-year-old has had a dream start to his Test Career taking 46 wickets at a measly average of 14.17 in just 8 Test matches.

These numbers depict his talent and if he continues to deliver in this manner, he’s not far from being an all-time great for New Zealand. Let’s have a look at his strengths and what makes him so special in Test Cricket.

Ability to swing it both ways:

The most important quality which Kyle Jamieson possesses is the ability to swing being 6’8″ tall. The general proclaimed idea of tall bowlers is that they are more of seam bowlers, they don’t get the ball to move in the air. You can take examples of some great tall bowlers such as Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath, Curtly Ambrose and Morne Morkel. It’s not like these bowlers didn’t swing the ball but their main strength was to hit the deck hard. Hence, Jamieson is one of a kind bowler. He bowls from 203 cm which is 30cm higher than a standard seam bowler. The batsmen are in quest of finding the right way to tackle the length against such bowlers. To add swing into the picture, it becomes even tougher. And you know what? He can swing it both ways! That’s what makes him a lethal prospect.


As noticed in the final, Jamieson was absolutely spot on with his accuracy. Tim Southee’s first ball in the match kind of determined his first spell. He was struggling a lot with his line, trying to swing it from leg stump and also with his length bring shorter. Jamieson nailed his game plan on the very first ball of the match beating Shubman Gill’s outside edge. He got the desired movement straight away and the line was absolutely perfect for the conditions. That’s the speciality of him, he’s very accurate.

His high release point and the awkward bounce plays a massive role in setting up the batsman for the fuller length. Moreover, he creates a weird uncertainty for the batsman. Take the example of Rohit Sharma’s dismissal in the first innings, you can see that his weight is not properly transferred in the front, which means he was uncertain to play that shot.

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You can also take an example of Virat Kohli’s wicket in the second innings, it was a weird nudge from the skipper, which means he was uncertain about leaving that ball. This all happens because of the high release point and the awkward bounce at times.

Quick learner:

Only 6 balls bowled by Jamieson in this game so far would’ve hit the stumps so he may need to go fuller”. These were the words by Nasser Hussain on air. That’s because Jamieson was excellent with his line and his length wasn’t up to the mark. And Jamieson strikes straightaway bowling a touch fuller to Kohli.

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Jamieson improved his length straightaway on the next day taking down Kohli and Pant. Although delivery that got Pant was a sucker, the thing to notice here is that he was trying to bowl fuller.

“I still feel like I’m a long way off the cricketer I want to be”

Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson has got a perfect start to his career and has shown all glimpses of being a superstar. At this juncture it will be both wonderful and exciting to see him play and improve in cricket.

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