Blackcaps v Pakistan: The man who 'discovered' new cricket sensation Kyle Jamieson

As the Blackcaps moved to No.1 test team in the world, Kyle Jamieson's 11 wickets against Pakistan have seen him make headlines around the world. 

The performance has some drawing parallels between the tall 26-year-old paceman and our greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Richard Hadlee.

Fittingly, it was Hadlee's brother, Dayle, who unearthed Jamieson eight years ago, after spotting him at an age-group tournament. 

"He's always had something special," says Hadlee, who also played 26 tests for New Zealand between 1969-78.

Long before Jamieson set the world alight in just his sixth test, he was a young batting all-rounder - until he was spotted by one of the world's most respected bowling coaches.

"I encouraged him actively that he had something special," Hadlee tells Newshub. "That's what he's got that other people don’t - height - and to be a dribbly little medium-pace bowler with a run-up that looks like he's treading treacle… there was not enough happening."

Fair to say, initial work on running and hitting the crease harder has paid off.

"I remember talking with Dayle then and him saying he thought this big tall kid here had a lot of talent, and it's proven to be," recalls Blackcaps coach Gary Stead.

Jamieson believes he's just getting started.

"I still feel like I'm a long way off the bowler I want to be," he says. 

That has seen him compared to our very best.

His match figures of 11-117 are the sixth best in New Zealand history, bettered only by Sir Richard and Daniel Vettori - our top two test wicket-takers.

"They're legends of New Zealand cricket and I just played my sixth test, so it's nice to be in and around those names," says Jamieson.

Daylee Hadlee thought his former student was on track to better his brother's record of 9-52 in an innings.

"I thought it was a chance, and then Kane Williamson came in and mucked it up," he laughs.

At just 26, Jamieson has time to break plenty more records.

"He's got a real strong desire to improve and pick the brain of these senior guys that have been around a long time," says captain Williamson.

As for a message from the man who started moulding him into the wicket-taking machine he is now...

"I love the big in-swinger that you've now developed and your knee drive's going well."

Those things should see him feature heavily, if the Blackcaps qualify for this year’s world test championship final.