New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has marked a stellar return to the international arena in the One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka. Neesham smashed 34 runs off an over from Thisara Perera in the first encounter as he smashed an unbeaten 47 runs off just 13 balls. Neesham took 3/38 on his first time in New Zealand colours in 18 months – and he seemed more thrilled about the wickets than his feats with the bat.
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During the course of that blistering knock, Jimmy Neesham (361.53) managed to break the world record of highest strike rate for a batsman. He went past AB de Villiers’ (338.63) record that he achieved against Windies in 2015. Jimmy Neesham also joined AB de Villiers for the third most numbers of runs scored in an ODI, behind Herschelle Gibbs’ 36 against the Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup and Perera’s 35 against South Africa at Pallekele in 2013.
Another match, another spectacular innings from Jimmy Neesham, who bagged a 33-ball fifty in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. Eventually, he got out via a run out after scoring 64 runs off just 37 balls as New Zealand posted 319 runs at the end of fifty overs.
However, the fans on social media rued his luck as the all-rounder showcased his talent just after the 2019 IPL auctions. Jimmy Neesham went to the auctions with a base price Rs 75 lakhs; however, didn’t attract any buyers.
C Munro – 87 (Run Out)
R Taylor – 90 (Run Out)
J Neesham – 64 (Run Out)
J Neesham – He is in form of his life, one of the biggest power hitter in current era
He can bowl & can field too
Surely deserve an IPL contact 👍#NZvSL
— Pradip Hazra (@PradipMsd7) January 5, 2019
@JimmyNeesh 'Neesham has been outstanding after his comeback', If he would've been included few days back; with definite cause he'd have been a very big buy in @IPL Auctions.
What a player he is, Just a bizzare blockbuster hitter, who fails a very little for @BLACKCAPS. #NZvSL
— Debapriyo Choudhury (@debapriyo_tweet) January 5, 2019
Neesham on song. Improved his batting miles compared to his last outing in blackcaps shirt. Bit late for IPL?
— Vasanth Kumar (@gully_point) January 5, 2019
Well played neesham today against lanka.u just lost millions…i wish this odi was before IPL auction..
— Amul (@Amul88636050) January 3, 2019
Jimmy Neesham was a part of Delhi Capitals squad in 2014 season of IPL, then the Delhi Daredevils. He played only four matches, scoring 42 runs at an average of 14. With the ball, the all-rounder got the opportunity to bowl a total of 9 overs, conceding 91 runs and bagging just one wicket.
However, the chances of Neesham of being a part of this edition of IPL is not entirely over. Neesham can join any franchise as a replacement of an injured player. Considering the sort of performance he has put in against Sri Lanka in, the Kiwi all-rounder will be on the radar of all the IPL franchises.