James Neesham - New Zealand all-rounder (and funny guy)

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So far he hasn't an impressing record but the more I see of this lad the more I like him. Seems like a very good hitter and decent bowler as well.

He is only 23 and will only get better if he keeps working hard of course.

He is hammering Shane Watson right now.

Amazing to see kiwis keep producing talents.
 
Similar to Hammad Azam, just has this aura that he can explode if he so chooses.
 
lol its amazing the amount of people hyping a player based on T20 (hit and miss). Let's see how he performs in 50 overs and test level.
 
lol its amazing the amount of people hyping a player based on T20 (hit and miss). Let's see how he performs in 50 overs and test level.

You think he will forget to bowl and bat in the longer formats ? The OP says good hitter and a decent bowler , whats wrong in appreciating that .
 
Also seems to absorb pressure well. During that inning of 50+ in 25 balls and super over.
 
You think he will forget to bowl and bat in the longer formats ? The OP says good hitter and a decent bowler , whats wrong in appreciating that .

You still don't seem to get it. Its harder to get wickets on the longer forms and not really as simple to go after ball 1 with the bat in the long forms especially with many close attacking fielders. Like I said, T20 is all hit and miss and doesn't prove anything.
 
He is defiantly one for the future. He is in the Chris cairns mould. Bowls around 90mph and bats like klusener.
 
The first thing that came into my mind was that he could be the next klusner. His batting and bowling seemed similar to that of Zulu.

Whats more is that he kind of looked like klusner himself. Lets see whether he can make it count
 
[VIDEO] Jimmy Neesham hits 34 runs in an over in ODI against Sri Lanka

Jimmy Neesham marked his return to the New Zealand one-day international side with a remarkable 47* off 13 balls, which included 34 runs off one Thisara Perera over.

The over, the 49th of the New Zealand innings in their first ODI against Sri Lanka on Thursday, 3 January, went for 6, 6, 6, 6, 2nb, 6, 1, much to the delight of the crowd.

It was third on the list of most expensive overs ever in the format, behind Herschelle Gibbs' six sixes against the Netherlands and Perera's 35 runs against South Africa, and tied with AB de Villiers' efforts against the Windies.

Most runs in an over in ODIs

Runs Batsman Bowler Over Details
36 Herschelle Gibbs Daan van Bunge 6 6 6 6 6 6 SA v Ned, St Kitts, 2006-07
35 Thisara Perera Robin Peterson 6 0w 6 6 6 4 6 SL v SA, Pallekele, 2013
34 AB de Villiers Jason Holder 4 6nb 2nb 4 4 4 2 6 SA v WI, Sydney, 2015
34 James Neesham Thisara Perera 6 6 6 6 2nb 6 1 NZ v SL, Mount Maunganui, 2019
32 Shahid Afridi Malinga Bandara 4 4 6 6 6 6 Pak v SL, Abu Dhabi, 2007

It meant Perera now has both struck and conceded 30-plus runs in an over. Having started the fateful over with very respectable figures of 9-0-46-2, he finished with 10-0-80-2.

First, Neesham latched onto a length ball from Perera and smacked it over the mid-wicket fence. Perera looked for the yorker, but the result was the same. The fielder was again a few feet from the ball, but couldn't do a thing.

Off the third delivery, the batsman belted one back over the bowler's head. Then, when Perera went for the low full toss, it was hit over mid-wicket again. The bowler went around the wicket, only to send down a waist-high no-ball. Two runs put Neesham back on strike and the free hit was dispatched for another massive six onto the roof.

He was denied six sixes, however, as Perera finally got it right with a low full toss. The batting strike rate of 361.53 is the highest for anyone facing more than 10 balls.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/966800
 
Glad he is back in international cricket.
He can be nz's ben stokes if he improves his bowling skills at least in odi cricket.
 
Man could have easily scored 39 in that over, missed out last ball
 
He's secured himself a spot for the WC on that alone.
 
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Let’s be honest, first 3 sixes would’ve been 4’s, and the one hit down the ground would’ve been caught at most grounds outside of NZ.
 
Let’s be honest, first 3 sixes would’ve been 4’s, and the one hit down the ground would’ve been caught at most grounds outside of NZ.

These are international cricketers. They would know not to hit if the boundary is big and a fielder is there more often than not.
 
Let’s be honest, first 3 sixes would’ve been 4’s, and the one hit down the ground would’ve been caught at most grounds outside of NZ.
From memory the Bay Oval has decent sized boundaries. It's only Aus where it would be push and go.
 
He is not that good bowler. I do not think he can be played as a batting allrounder.
 
Jimmy Neesham 5/28 so far vs Afghanistan
 
Jimmy Neesham: New Zealand all-rounder on cricket, politics and cattle

Eighteen months ago, Jimmy Neesham was trying to convince farmers to buy iPads.

Today, he is preparing to play in a World Cup semi-final.

And that is merely one part of the story of what might be cricket's most interesting man, who uses Twitter to air his views on President Trump and climate change, and has also sat a university exam during New Zealand's run to the last four.

The all-rounder was good enough to make centuries in each of his first two Tests. In this World Cup, he has a score of 97 not out and a five-wicket haul to his name. When the Black Caps won the match of the tournament so far against West Indies, it was Neesham who held his nerve to take the final wicket.

But around the Christmas of 2018, when he was out of both the New Zealand team and domestic side Otago, Neesham was, in his own words, "fed up" with cricket and looking for a proper job.

"I suppose it becomes the only option when you don't want to play cricket any more, but you've got a mortgage," he explained.

He took up a part-time post as a communications assistant with Halter, a company dealing in electronic collars for the remote herding of cows.

"I know about 500 times more about cows than I did a year ago.

"One of the things I really enjoyed about working was that how much you got out was pretty much equal to what you put in.

"In cricket, if you hit 10,000 balls in a week and you go out on a Saturday and nick off first ball, you feel like all your efforts are going down the drain."

Neesham, though, is a self-confessed "cricket tragic". As the game seeped back into his consciousness, he came to the conclusion he would not be comfortable with giving it away.

First with Otago, then Wellington, culminating with an international return, all with a fresh approach to the game.

"I'd be amazed if 95% of international cricketers, if they were being honest, wouldn't say 'I've been fed up with cricket' at some point because it a sport that is so steeped in failure day to day.

"These days, I try to disconnect the effort I put in from the results I expect out. I turn up at training and do what I feel is appropriate and once I walk out on the field, I accept what comes my way."

Still, time in the real world has left its mark on Neesham, who is "very slowly" making his way through a communications degree. Even playing in a World Cup has not disrupted the studying and an exam had to be sat remotely, moderated by the New Zealand team manager.

When he explains that the degree is being taken with half an eye on a post-cricket career as a TV or radio presenter, it's not hard to imagine the transition.

Talking amongst each other, journalists will often ask if an interviewee in a 'good talker' or not. Does the conversation flow, or is getting a decent answer as difficult as the Brexit negotiations?

Neesham is in the Premier League of talkers. Eloquent and verbose, he says he doesn't want to be pigeon-holed as someone who can only work in cricket. When Andrew Flintoff's transformation into a Top Gear presenter is mentioned, he clicks his fingers and says that would be "right up my street".

His charisma is evident on his Twitter feed, a page full of jokes at the expense of himself and his team-mates, or sideways musing on everyday life.

For example: "Why is it called almond milk? It doesn't make sense. Call it what it is, nut juice."

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He explained: "A lot of people fear social media and see the trouble you can get into on it.

"There are three options you have. One is not go on it at all, the second is put bland, generic statements out there and not pay attention to anything that goes on.

"The third is to treat it like a massive joke. I've got no problem with anyone who chooses the first two options, but I have a little bit of fun with the third one."

But it's not all jokes from a man who says he still remembers where he was when he heard that Donald Trump had been elected.

"I think it's important for role models in to be informed about what goes on around us," he said. "We've seen recently with Israel Folau how role models and social media can end up in a negative light.

"There's an argument about whether sportsmen should be role models, but the reality is that we are.

"So, as role models, it is important to keep abreast of what is going on and have at least a passing knowledge of global social issues like politics and climate change."

Still, Neesham is aware that a tendency to be outspoken can be at odds with an understated New Zealand team culture. He admits that is has "occasionally" got him into hot water.

An unusual social media profile, an awareness of the world beyond cricket and studying for a future career sets Neesham aside from the majority of sportsmen. That sits just fine with him.

"I'm really enjoying having cricket as a part of my life, but not 100% my life. It can be hard explaining that you're still 100% invested in succeeding in a World Cup, while also spending a bit of time studying in your room.

"I'll train the way I've trained, prepare the way I prepare and try to fit in the best I can. If that takes us winning the World Cup, that's fantastic. If it doesn't, I'll be disappointed, but life will go on.

"But a passed exam and a winners' medal would be a fantastic double."

https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/48889393
 
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Damn, I should have rather been a talent-spotter than a CA.
 
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Always thought he was a good player. I remember on his debut test against India NZ trailed by like 400 runs and he scored like 150 and McCullum scored 300 to save NZ and win the test series .. think it was 2014? But always liked him since then. I remember NZ also had Corey Anderson who was another good player similar to Neesham, but haven't heard about Anderson in a long time
 
Excellent cricketer with a very refreshing attitude. Probably one of the most underrated players around.
 
I like his Twitter profile pic, that Ronaldo statue really does look him.
 
One of the most likable cricketers out there. Genuine cool guy and has decent performances to boast about
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That hurts. Hopefully there’s a day or two over the next decade where I don’t think about that last half hour. Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/ECB_cricket?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ECB_cricket</a> , well deserved.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150526033776582656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you to all the supporters that came out today. We could hear you the whole way. Sorry we couldn’t deliver what you so badly wanted.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150558684151451648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150562893777244160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That hurts. Hopefully there’s a day or two over the next decade where I don’t think about that last half hour. Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/ECB_cricket?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ECB_cricket</a> , well deserved.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150526033776582656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you to all the supporters that came out today. We could hear you the whole way. Sorry we couldn’t deliver what you so badly wanted.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150558684151451648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150562893777244160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote>
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:( :( :(

Really feel for this guy. I really do. He showed nerves of steel in the super over.
 
Wow. Neesham has more than doubled his twitter followers in the space of a week. Rightly so, he is a lot of fun on twitter. And he had a good world cup.
 
While they played really good cricket but to just miss out on a world cup?? I don't think any of us will understand the pain.
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That hurts. Hopefully there’s a day or two over the next decade where I don’t think about that last half hour. Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/ECB_cricket?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ECB_cricket</a> , well deserved.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150526033776582656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you to all the supporters that came out today. We could hear you the whole way. Sorry we couldn’t deliver what you so badly wanted.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150558684151451648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.</p>— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyNeesh/status/1150562893777244160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Like Stokes for Eng,this guy wanted it badly.
 
There was a brilliant article about Jimmy Neesham on Cricinfo a couple of weeks ago, in which it says he pretty much quit cricket a couple of years ago, but was convinced to give it another go.

His team were a yard away from winning the World Cup in a game where the luck seemed all against them. Probably want to make him quit the game all over again.

As an aside, he has been brilliant on Twitter for years and also comes across as a great guy, so he fully deserves all the new fans he’s getting.
 
I love this guy. My favourite player by far and it actually hurts to see how deeply the final loss impacted him. He's got a great attitude and work ethic, he's also quite funny. I'm pretty sure he was studying for a university exam recently too.
 
I didn't rate him before the tournament. But now I will admit , he is a good all rounder and has a lot of character. A typical New Zealand cricketer.
 
His bowling was impressive this tournament. We knew he was a powerful striker with the bat but his bowling has exceeded expectations.
 
Will be reminded of World Cup final even in 2050: Jimmy Neesham

On July 14, New Zealand and England played out what many call "the greatest ODI" of all time. After the scored were tied at the end of 50 overs and then again after the Super Over - during which Neesham batted - with nothing to separate the two teams, England were announced winners of the basis of a better boundary count.

Shortly after the result, while some of the New Zealand players were able to get over it, Neesham expressed his disappointment and had tweeted, "Kids, don't take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy", indicating he was yet to get over how things panned out at Lord's.

However, after almost 45 days, Neesham seems to be in a better frame of mind but believes it's something that would never leave the allrounder for the rest of his life.

"I'll be playing a game of table tennis in 2050 and we'll get to deuce and the person in the next table will probably [joke about boundaries]," Neesham told Radio Sport. "People are definitely comfortable talking about it. That was never a problem. People were comfortable talking about it about four hours after it finished. It took me probably a month to sort of get over it and be able to joke about it."

Neesham was left out of the tour of Sri Lanka, where New Zealand play two Tests and three T20Is so the allrounder turned to Global T20 Canada representing the Edmonton Royals. In five matches, Neesham scored 123 runs an Average of 30.75 and picked up three wickets.

"It's one of those things, you sort of wake up the next morning and you look at the ceiling and you sort of go 'I can't believe that actually happened' and then you do that the next morning and then you do that for about four weeks and eventually you get a bit sick of waking up like that. You sort of go off and move on," he said.

https://www.cricketcountry.com/news...84954/amp/?p=884954&__twitter_impression=true
 
Former India cricketer-turned-pundit, Aakash Chopra, didn't mince words in questioning Jimmy Neesham's place in the playing XI for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Chopra asked as to why Punjab keep picking him since he is not a 'match-winner'. The Kiwi all-rounder took to Twitter to take a critical stance on the matter by highlighting Chopra's stats from his playing days and the whole thing led to a war of words on social media.

“They play Neesham, an overseas fast bowler, who neither bowls in the powerplay nor in the death overs. He is neither a great finisher nor a big batsman who bats in the top four or five. So why is Kings XI Punjab playing him? You are playing a player who is not really a match-winner,” Chopra had said on his Youtube channel.

As a fan on social media asked Neesham for his views on Chopra's comments, the New Zealand cricketer wrote: “Averaging 18.5 striking at 90 doesn’t win many matches either”.

Chopra then also took to Twitter, reacting to Neesham's view of his stats as a batsman. The commentator/analyst responded saying: “Correct my friend. That’s why nobody picks me anymore. I get paid for doing something else. I’m glad that you don’t have an issue with my observations but with my cricket stats. Go well for the rest of the #IPL.”

Neesham has been a part of KXIP's last three games. He has figures of 0/13, 1/40 and 0/52 with the ball for the franchise and has only scored 7 runs with the bat.

KXIP's struggles, however, have been beyond Neesham this season. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul have been the only two performers for the franchise with the bat most other batters have struggled for consistency. In terms of bowling, though Mohammed Shami is the purple cap holder, he has also been expensive with the ball, though a little on the lower side in comparison to the rest of the bowlers in the team.

As far as Punjab's overseas lot goes, Chris Jordan is the only other player who can both bat and bowl. The Englishman, in fact, was a part of KXIP's opening match but was replaced by Neesham in the subsequent fixtures. With the Kiwi all-rounder struggling to leave his mark on the game, Jordan could return to the playing XI against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

https://www.timesnownews.com/sports...over-latters-not-a-match-winner-remark/661711
 
Highlights of his partnership of 76 in 6 overs with Glenn Phillips today:

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His wicket of Livingstone probably the difference between a target of 166 and 180 tonight:

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Mitchell is MOM no doubt, but Neesham changed the momentum completely with his cameo. Well done, funny guy.
 
Love Neesham.

Underrated batsmen and incredibly clutch.
 
Was the catalyst in the win with Mitchell holding and than taking the reins from him after Neesham dismissal.
 
He can be a lite version of Ben Stokes if he works hard enough. Fine player with a great attitude.
 
There is Stokes, there is Neesham and then we have our version, Hardik Pandya lol.
 
He has won Kiwis the game today.

Mitchell joined in later on but it was Neesham who started the onslaught.
 
Very dynamic all-rounder and NZ is lucky to have him in the team.
Even in WC 19 super over he scored 15 runs and tied the game. This man is clutch.

One thing I notice is, I can hardly remember him playing much bilaterals , just seems to be there for icc tournaments. Brilliant 👏
 
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