Jimmy Neesham’s ‘remember the name’ moment

Somehow, Jimmy Neesham is very underrated as a T20 all-rounder.

Even in the IPL auctions, he either doesn’t get bid for or goes for a very low sum of money, which is hardly understandable. In 2021, he was with Mumbai Indians and played a couple of crucial knocks.

Jimmy Neesham had quite an uneventful world cup till the semifinal between England and New Zealand but stood up to be counted when it mattered the most.

New Zealand were lagging behind in the game after not having got out of the blocks quickly enough in their chase of 167 against England in the T20 WC semi but Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham combined to smash 58 off the last 3 overs in a sensational victory.

Neesham was the star of the show, hitting 27 off just 11 deliveries at a strike rate of 245. This is what the man of the moment had to say after New Zealand’s semi final victory against England.

“I just said to Daryl Mitchell, I hit Chris Jordan for a six second ball and Daz sort of came down and said: ‘what do you think?’ I just said I’m going to try and hit every ball for six,” Neesham said ahead of New Zealand’s final against Australia. “It doesn’t always come out of the middle but chunked a couple and got enough to get over the rope. Yeah, I ended up doing reasonably comfortably in the end. It was just a case of hoping we hadn’t left the run too late, but like I mentioned before plenty of time to spare in the end.”

“It’s a situation worthy of celebration, I guess – winning a semi-final – but you don’t come halfway around the world just to win a semi-final. We’ve got our sights pretty firmly set on the game in a few days’ time… I personally, and we as a team, are not getting ahead of ourselves. One game to go and I’m sure there will be a bigger outpouring of emotion if we manage to get across the line. We’ve done so well and so consistently in tournaments across five or six years. We know how to hit the reset button and put a win or a loss behind us pretty quickly.”

Neesham was in the news for not celebrating after New Zealand’s victory against England. The all-rounder explained that he had his sights set on the big prize.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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