Eighteen months ago, he was contemplating quitting the game because of poor form and injuries but at the moment, James Neesham is enjoying his stint at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. For Kiwi batting all-rounder James Neesham, the ongoing Cricket World Cup has been a platform of rebirth. Neesham picked his maiden international five-wicket haul against Afghanistan in New Zealand’s last match in the World Cup on June 8.
The 28-year-old, who has a strike rate of 100 plus in ODIs and 50 wickets in his kitty, is having a great time in his maiden World Cup. The Black Caps registered a sensational 4-wicket win over South Africa at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday. The New Zealand captain Kane Williamson racked up a brilliant match-winning hundred and compiled a vital partnership along with Colin de Grandhomme, who himself played an amazing half-century innings at a very steady pace.
“I feel like I am playing with house money in the casino now, from where I was 18 months ago. I know for a fact that no one thought I was going to play for New Zealand again. So it’s great to be back and I really feel like I have nothing to lose,” Neesham was quoted as saying by the ICC.
I have a wealth of experience
He had almost made the decision to call it time on his cricketing career marred by poor form and injuries and it was Heath Mills, the chief executive officer of the New Zealand Players Association who had convinced Neesham to reconsider it. The Auckland-born cricketer was devastated after Grant Elliott was preferred over him for the 2015 World Cup squad although the latter played his role towards the business end of the tournament in which the Kiwis ended as the runners-up.
“2015 to 2018 are gone now and there is no way I can get them back. There are some effects what happened in that period but I have a wealth of experience moving forward,” Neesham added.