IPL 2020: Jimmy Neesham Wants To Learn To Play Spin From Anil Kumble
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IPL 2020: Jimmy Neesham Wants To Learn To Play Spin From Anil Kumble

Jimmy Neesham, KXIP, IPL 2020
Jimmy Neesham. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Jimmy Neesham, the New Zealand all-rounder picked up three wickets off seven overs in the thrilling final which was decided on boundary count after scores were tied even after Super Over. New Zealand had scored 241/8 but Ben Stokes of England who incidentally was born in New Zealand scored an unbeaten 84 to tie the match.

Jimmy Neesham was in the middle, fighting till the very last against England. The all-rounder took three wickets in the title clash besides effecting a last-ball run-out that tied the match and then scored 13 off five balls against Jofra Archer in the super over.

Then, Martin Guptill’s run out happened and the match got tied for the second time, and England took the trophy simply because they had more boundaries.

Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

Jimmy Neesham: New Zealand Simply Unlucky To Lose 2019 World Cup Final

New Zealand were unlucky to lose their second successive final in 2015 and 2019 after England won due to scoring more boundaries. The boundary count rule was definitely controversial and was rejected later mainly due to protests.

“At the end there was no skill involved…we were unlucky,” Neesham says in an interview from Dubai, where he is with his IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab.

The IPL will be his first tournament in six months after the corona-virus induced break and the 29-year-old talks about his excitement in being back on the field and how he’s hoping to learn how to tackle spin from Anil Kumble.

” New Zealand is not as badly hit as a lot of other countries. One month would have been good, but at the end it was a six,” Said Jimmy Neesham while commenting on lockdown.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

“The reason we don’t have a franchise T20 Cup has nothing to do with the lack of quality players. There are NZ players who are good enough to be picked up as an overseas player in the IPL,” said Jimmy Neesham while commenting on absence of T20 league in New Zealand.

“So, may be one day we have little more exposure for New Zealanders so that the local players can get bit more of an even shot. My role is to take the opportunity as given, being among the five-six guys who have got the opportunity to play in IPL,” he added.

Jimmy Neesham is present while some others like Colin Munro, Martin Guptill and Colin De Grandhomme missed out on an opportunity to play in IPL 2020. The six New Zealand players who will play in the IPL are Jimmy Neesham (KXIP), Lockie Ferguson (KKR), Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult (MI), Kane Williamson (SRH) and Mitchell Santner (CSK).

Jimmy Neesham Want To Make Most Of the Opportunity To Win A Global Trophy

Although New Zealand appeared in two World Cup finals and a World T20 semi-final finish in last five years, they have not won a coveted ICC trophy since 2000. The last and the only time they won an ICC trophy was when they won Champions Trophy in 2000.

“So, we need to make most of the opportunity by winning a global trophy. We haven’t done that since the 2000 (The ICC Champions Trophy).” said Jimmy Neesham.

“But we have few global tournaments coming in the next few years with a couple of T20 World Cups and the 2023 ODI World Cup as well,” siad he while commenting on future of New Zealand cricket.

New Zealand won 2000 ICC Champions Trophy
New Zealand won the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“When you have one of the best spinners of all time in your team, I think it’s foolish to not talk about how to play spin, especially in the subcontinent. I am going to talk about how to play spin basically,” said Jimmy Neesham on learning from coach Anil Kumble.

“We have to be vigilant about what’s coming. Fast bowlers won’t enjoy me saying this, but as all-rounders we do it twice as hard as anyone,” said fast bowling all-rounder Jimmy Neesham.

James Neesham has picked up only one wicket in 4 IPL matches way back in 2014 for Delhi Daredevils.

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