Hid in bathroom to get way from nerve-racking WTC final session: Kyle Jamieson

Written by Abhishek Patil

Kyle Jamieson, the New Zealand all-rounder who starred with the bat and ball to hand his team an 8-wicket win in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton, has revealed the tense dressing room scenario during the final session of the match.

There was a point in the match when New Zealand, chasing a 139-run target lost their openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway in quick succession. India saw a window of opportunity and the fans in the stands also got behind the team, cheering them on every ball.

The 6-feet-8-inch tall cricketer said he was watching the match on a TV and the short delay in telecast from the real time action caused a lot of trouble for him.

“It was probably the toughest period of cricket I’ve been a part of, in terms of watching,” Jamieson told Country Sport Breakfast on Gold AM.

“We were sitting inside and actually watching on TV. There was a bit of a delay but it seemed like every ball the Indian crowd was up and about and I was like ‘jeez it’s a wicket’ or something like that, but it turned out it was just a block or a single.

“It was pretty tough to watch. I actually tried to at times to go to the bathroom where there was no noise to just get away from it for a while because it was quite nerve-racking. But it was nice to have Kane and Ross out there, two of our greatest ever batters really to calm the nerves and finish the job the way they did,” Jamieson added.

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