New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham endured a forgetful season of IPL 2020 but it did not stop him from earning bids at the IPL 2021 auction. James Neesham, who the Kings XI Punjab picked at a base price of INR 50 lakh, arrived with plenty of promise; however, hardly delivered any impactful performance for the franchise. The 30-year old featured in five matches for the franchise and managed only 19 runs while contributing two wickets to the cause at 74. Thus, Neesham was one of the many players released by the Punjab-based franchise ahead of the 2021 season.
But strangely, James Neesham found takers from the five-time and defending champions Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians, who already have quite a settled squad, secured Neesham’s deal for INR 75 lakhs. When considered the Auckland-born all-rounder’s stats in T20 internationals, he has a strike rate of 147.93. Neesham was the sixth player bought by the Mumbai Indians during the auction. The other three cricketers included Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Milne, Piyush Chawla, Marco Jensen, Yudhvir Singh.