Virat Kohli had nothing but absolute praise for New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson after the Kane Williamson-led side outclassed Team India in the final of the ICC World Test Championship on Wednesday. One of the best batsmen in the modern era of the gentlemen’s game, Kohli was outfoxed not once but twice in the final of the Test Championship by the New Zealand speed merchant.
For the unversed, Kohli shares a good camaraderie with the Kiwi pacer as the speed merchant is one of the newest recruits of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The RCB pacer got the better of his skipper twice in the World Test Championship final. During a post-match interaction, Kohli was asked about Jamieson’s match-winning performance in the summit clash which paved the way for New Zealand to clinch the Test Championship title at Rose Bowl.
“Jamieson is coming up nicely in international cricket – good areas with the ball, and he can bat quite well too. He’s had a great game and he deserves the man of the match award,” Kohli said during the post-match conference. During the virtual press conference after New Zealand’s title triumph, Kohli told reporters that the Indian batsmen did not put enough pressure on the lanky speed merchant.
“He’s a very good bowler, similar to many that I’ve faced in my career so far. His height I think gives him an added advantage. I truly believe that we did not put him under enough pressure,” Kohli said during the virtual press conference. Tasked to lead India’s revival, skipper Kohli was dismissed in the opening session of the Reserve Day which triggered a shocking collapse of the Indian side.