Kyle Jamieson has had a dream start to his international career as he took home the man-of-the-match award after being handed ODI debut in a 22-run win over India on Saturday.

Standing at 6 feet and eight inches, Jamieson is the tallest ever cricketer to play for New Zealand. Mainly a fast bowler, Jamieson’s first brush with international cricket came as a batsman.

With New Zealand struggling at 197/8 and Ross Taylor fast running out of partners, Jamieson walked in at No. 9. And he proved his ability with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 25 off 24 including a four and two sixes helping his senior partner to drag their team to a competitive total of 273/8.

Their partnership was worth 76 runs and it proved to be the difference.

“On a high at the moment, need time to sink it in; the game ebbed and flowed all along,” Jamieson said of his experience on ODI debut.

Talking through his mindset when walking in at a delicate stage of New Zealand innings, the 25-year-old said, “(It was) Pretty simple, take it to the 50 overs a total of around 230-240, we would have been happy, just wanted to stay there and stick with Ross, be there till the end.”

Jamieson was included in New Zealand s ODI squad with injuries to first-choice pace trio of Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson. He was also part of their Test squad during the recent series in Australia which ended in a sorry 0-3 defeat for the tourists.

He returned home without getting a game from Australian shores but will remember his debut in Auckland for a long time to come. In his very first over of the innings, he cleaned up dangerous-looking Prithvi Shaw who had race to 24 off 18 with six fours.

“A surreal moment to get a wicket in the first over, it was more relief than anything else, happy that I didn’t go for too many. International cricket is high intensity with a big crowd watching along,” Jamieson said.

He would make one final impact, which in the bigger picture, proved vital. With India struggling in the chase, Navdeep Saini struck five fours and two sixes to push the game deep.

In came Jamieson and he clean bowled Saini in the 45th over, a blow which proved decisive and he finished with 2/42 from 10 overs.