‘Dreadful’: IPL franchise’s $2.6m flop

Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck on Friday, but that might not be the Indian captain’s biggest concern at the moment.

Kohli’s Indian Premier League franchise purchased the services of New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for a whopping seven-figure sum of AU$2.66 million at last month’s IPL auction.

Jamieson will therefore play his maiden IPL season this year with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, joining the likes of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers.

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But the Royal Challengers will be eagerly watching the ongoing T20 series between New Zealand and Australia, where the 26-year-old has struggled to prove his worth.

New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson.Source:AFP

In four matches against Australia, Jamieson has taken 1/175 from 15 overs with the ball, leaking on average 11.66 runs per over.

Australian captain Aaron Finch took a particular liking to Jamieson’s bowling on Friday evening, smacking 26 runs off his final over at Wellington’s Sky Stadium.

Ironically, the Royal Challengers released Finch after the 2020 IPL, and the explosive right-hander went unsold at last month’s auction.

AAP sports journalist Ed Jackson tweeted: “Kyle Jamieson has caught the biggest case of bowling yips I’ve ever seen. He’s been as dreadful this series as he was deadly in the Tests earlier this summer.”

RCB released Finch and he is back in form, RCB got Jamieson for a record price and he is being smashed all over the ground #ausvsnz#NZvAUS

Breaking: RCB have just asked for a money back option for Jamieson from the IPL

Finch won't need a feed at the break after the Pies sent down from Jamieson #[email protected]

I thought we were all meant to be terrified of this Jamieson guy? Seems Finchy didn’t get the memo. #NZvAUS

Although Jamieson has endured a horror T20 series against the trans-Tasman rivals, he boasts an impressive record in 20-over cricket.

He has taken 55 wickets at an average of 22.50 in the game’s shortest format, including career-best figures of 6/7.

Three IPL franchises were embroiled in a bidding war for Jamieson last month, with the right-armer witnessing the spectacle from bed.

“I woke up around midnight and decided to check the phone – just trying to embrace the whole experience,” Jamieson said in February.

“I don’t know if this will ever happen again. Rather than trying to avoid the situation, (I thought) I’ll sit back and enjoy it. It was certainly a weird hour-and-a-half waiting for my name to be called up.

“I had a message from (New Zealand cricket legend) Shane Bond as it was going and he was saying, ‘How good is this?’

“I didn’t actually know what the amount of money how that translated to New Zealand dollars. It was quite cool to share that moment with him and ride that two or three minutes with him.”

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