Former India and KKR batsman Gautam Gambhir has said that franchises should eye for New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson as he has the potential to become the next Andre Russell.
KKR all-rounder Andre Russell (L) and New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson (Courtesy- BCCI and AP)
- Gautam Gambhir said that Kyle Jamieson will turn out to be a superstar
- Jamieson probably could be the next Andre Russell in the making: Gambhir
- Gautam Gambhir reckoned that franchises including Punjab Kings and SRH can eye for Jamieson
Ahead of the IPL 2021 auction on February 18, former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said that franchises should target New Zealand’s Kylie Jamieson as the lanky all-rounder has the potential of becoming an IPL “superstar” like Andre Russell.
Gambhir has admitted the fact that Jamieson is not a “finished product” but at the same time added that the 6 feet 8 inch tall Auckland-born cricketer is young and a team can be built around him. Further, the 39-year-old reckoned that star all-rounders like Russell and Chris Morris are at their peak and that they can’t get any better but 26-year-old Jamieson has the scope of always improving his game.
“Kyle Jamieson is not a big name at the moment, but he will turn out to be a superstar. This is probably the right auction for all franchises to get a hold of him. And because he is someone whom you can keep for a longer period of time. He is seven feet, he is that tall. He can bowl 140 and can hit the ball long. He probably could be the next Andre Russell in the making,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.
“Yes, he’s not a finished product and everyone knows about it, but is someone who is probably young and you can have that core built around him. A franchise like Kings XI (Punjab Kings) who are looking for that all-rounder or some other franchise, they can think of someone like Jamieson.
“Even Sunrisers, because he is someone who can bowl with the new ball, and can bat at No. 6 and 7 and can hit the long ball against spin and fast bowling. He’s a great asset and he’s going to get better from here.
“It’s not as if he’s reached his peak. There are players like Russell and Morris, who have already reached their peak. They can’t get better than this. But with Jamieson, there will always be this thing where he’ll keep improving. This is his first experience in India, he’ll only start getting better from here on. So it will be a great addition if someone can pick him and keep him for a long time,” the former KKR captain added.
Kylie Jamieson has kept his base price at Rs 75 lakh for the upcoming auction. So far, he has played 6 Tests, 2 ODIs and 4 T20Is for New Zealand.