IPL 2021: RCB all-rounder Kyle Jamieson arrives in UAE for IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder has finally arrived in the UAE to participate in the second half of IPL 2021. Jamieson was the highest buy at the IPL auction earlier this year. RCB bought him for a whopping 15 crore. The Virat Kohli-led franchise took to Twitter to announce the arrival of their star all-rounder in the UAE. RCB’s tweet read: 

“Welcome to the UAE Kyle! Can’t wait for you to join up with the rest of the boys and get the ball rolling. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2021.”

As per the latest reports, RCB captain Virat Kohli and Mohammad Siraj are expected to arrive in the UAE on Sunday morning. The franchise has arranged a chartered flight for the duo to arrive in the UAE from Manchester. 

Many players from the RCB who were not part of any international cricket also arrived in the UAE at the end of the last month. Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and South African legend AB de Villers recently became part of the RCB camp. 

Jamieson was great in the first half of the IPL 2021 in India. The new Zealand all-rounder Jamieson took 9 wickets in the seven matches at the strike rate of 16. But his economic rate of 9.20 was on the better side. He struck a few impressive blows with the willows. 

Earlier, Jamieson had admitted that he was looking at the UAE leg of the IPL as an opportunity to prepare himself for the T20 World to be played at the same venue.

New Zealand will begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a match against Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26.

Kyle Jamieson was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo:

“It certainly gives us, (and) me a little bit of a head-start in terms of getting used to those conditions and those grounds. It’s nice to have a block of T20 cricket going into the World Cup and, like I said, just a good chance to practice some T20 skill sets in the venues we’re going to be playing on.”

On the lessons he learned from the first half of IPL, Jamieson stated:

“I think it was good to have the first block of T20 cricket and, I guess, you are constantly reviewing that and try and see what the plans are at certain stages of the game, certain conditions, different grounds, different batters.”

Jamieson is running a great form these days. He was also awarded the “man of the match award” for taking seven wickets in the World Test Championship in Southampton.