James Neesham, New Zealand’s pace bowling all-rounder, is again at the receiving end of the things for his little contribution in IPL this season. The 30-year old is currently representing Kings XI Punjab in 13th edition of the tournament and in spite of ample opportunities hasn’t done enough to justify his place in the XI.
Though KXIP’s resurgence is a different story altogether in last couple of weeks, Neesham has little role to play in that. In 4 matches this season, he has scored a paltry 17 runs in two innings at a strike rate 113.33. On bowling front, he has taken only 2 wickets in 12 overs at an economy of 10.16 and average of 61.00.
This kind of poor performance from an International cricketer didn’t go well with a fan as he termed the all-rounder an overpaid cricketer on social media. The user also advised Jimmy Neesham to focus on the game, reminding him the Super Over in World Cup final last year.
The user tweeted: “Stick to cricket. We don’t need your entitled opinion on the world. Overpaid celebrity hitting a cricket ball. Remember the world cup final when you bombed in the super over?”
Jimmy Neesham, who is quite active on social media, noticed the tweet and hit back by responding: “Yeah that bomb was pretty good. About 20 rows back from my memory.”
This is Neesham’s second stint in Indian Premier League. Previously, he has represented Delhi Daredevils (Now Delhi Capitals) back in 2014. That time around also, he had a forgettable season as he could score only 42 runs from 4 games at an average of 14 and strike rate of 91.42. He also leaked runs with the ball at an economy rate of 10.11 that season.