New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham is one of the most entertaining cricketers in the world and with the Kiwis having no cricket, for now, he has been spending more time over social media.
James Neesham is also one of the few cricketers from the nation slated to take part in the IPL 2020 in the UAE and revealed his second-favourite team via Twitter. He played his last international game against Australia, which was an ODI in Sydney in March.
Kings XI Punjab bought James Neesham’s services for a meagre amount of INR 50 lakhs. He will play under the leadership of KL Rahul and join the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan Mandeep Singh, and other top-notch players.
Neesham has so far participated in only one season of the IPL, which was the 2014 edition. The 29-year old played only four matches, managing 42 runs and taking one wicket.
James Neesham held a question and answer session on Twitter where a fan asked him his second-favourite IPL team. The Auckland-born responded by saying that if Kings XI Punjab were not to win, he wishes for the Kolkata Knight Riders to lift the title due to his friends in that outfit.
Kolkata has a well-balanced side as the two-time champions purchased the likes of Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, and Tom Banton in the auction. They already have Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson and Andre Russell in their repertoire.
Below is James Neesham’s answer:
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) August 14, 2020
When speaking of Neesham, the all-rounder performed magnificently in the 2019 World Cup. He accumulated 232 runs in ten matches with a high score of 97 and pouched 15 wickets as well. However, the Black Caps could not lift the World Cup, losing on boundary count to hosts England at the Lord’s. Neesham, who was part of the final, came up with some brilliant and heartbreaking tweets, expressing disappointment over the same. He will be keen to play a significant role in helping the Punjab-based franchise lift the trophy for the first time.