Born in Auckland, on 17 September 1990, James Neesham a.k.a. James Douglas Sheahan Neesham plays international cricket for the country New Zealand. He has played all formats of the game . He plays first-class cricket for Wellington.
Neesham caught the public eye as an all-rounder in 2010 during the Under-19 World Cup. James joined the T20 International New Zealand squad during their series against South Africa, just a couple of years after his first-class debut. Post his ODI debut at Paarl, he made his T20I debut at Durban.
James Neesham started playing in domestic cricket for Auckland and then moved to Otago in the 2011-2012 season which worked in his favour as he made some significant contributions in the 50 over the format for the team. He took seven innings to hit the 40-plus mark with more than one run a ball.
This led to him hitting the best numbers of his career, 5-44 against Wellington. His performance for the Otago Volts in Champions League 2013 was equally as good. As a result of his hard work and exceptional performance, his team earned the fruits of multiple victories quite early in the tournament.
Experts threw a decent amount of criticism after Neesham didn’t join New Zealand’s 15-man World Cup in 2015. However, the James Neesham that we know of, couldn’t care less and went on to maintain his amusing persona on social platforms. He held on to his position in the limited-overs squad after New Zealand arrived in India during the late months of 2016 regardless of him not having the best outings.
He played in the Indian Premier League for the Delhi Daredevils for the seventh season. He played for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League in 2014. Two years later, he appeared to play for Derbyshire in the English 2016 Nat West T20 Blast and made his debut in Kent’s opening match of the tournament in July 2017.
James Neesham was bought by Kings XI Punjab in the 2020 IPL auction and by Mumbai Indians in 2021. A year later, the Rajasthan Royals franchise bought him for the 2022 IPL tournament.
World Cup Career
James Neesham received a contract during the sixth month of 2018 with Wellington for the 2018-19 season. A year after that, he joined the Global T20 Canada tournament where he played for the Edmonton Royals.
James scored 137 against India during his Test debut, marking the highest score by a number 8 batsman on debut. Neesham played his second test against West Indies in June 2014 and managed to hit a century with the label of the first New Zealander to make centuries in the initial two matches.
James Neesham joined the 15-men squad of New Zealand for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. A couple of years later, he made 34 runs in a single over during his first ODI against Sri Lanka. This marked the highest number of runs in an ODI scored by a New Zealand batsman in one over.
He was included in New Zealand’s squad in April 2019 for the World Cup. A couple of months later, he marked his 50th ODI with New Zealand’s first World Cup match.
Neesham took his first five-wicket haul in New Zealand’s match against Afghanistan, along with his 50th wicket in ODIs. He took the final wicket in the 2019 World Cup. James dismissed Dinesh Karthik with his remarkable catch off Matt Henry’s delivery.
James Neesham revealed concerns about his early retirement before the World Cup. The events leading to this decision were his inadequate form and injury issues. However, Heath Mills talked him out of it by recommending a month-long break instead.
In 2021, he was included in New Zealand’s squad for the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup.
James Neesham has played all formats of the sport. He has played a total of 272 matches spreading across Test cricket, One-Day International cricket, First-Class Cricket, and List-A Cricket.
Furthermore, he has scored 709 runs in the Test format, 1,320 runs in the One-Day International format, 3,249 runs in First-Class cricket, and 3,083 runs in List-A Cricket. He has a top batting average of 34.25. He attained 137* (his highest-ever score) in Test cricket. As a bowler, he took a total of 345 wickets across all formats of the game.
Furthermore, his highest bowling average is 48.21. James Neesham has taken the highest number of wickets during his List-A cricket days, 143 wickets in 128 games. Moreover, he as a total of 8 games during which he took a five-wicket haul.