James Neesham Biography
James Douglas Sheahan Neesham is a New Zealand all-rounder cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right arm medium bowler. He has always stepped up to the stage with crucial performances whenever New Zealand needed them.
Neesham was born on 17 September 1990 in Auckland, New Zealand and always wanted to represent New Zealand at the highest level.
Neesham first came in the spotlight when he represented New Zealand in the 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup. He played six matches and scored 189 runs at an average of 37.80, while taking a solitary wicket off his bowling.
Neesham made his first-class debut for Auckland in 2010 at a young age of 20. However, in 2011, he decided to move to Otago and it worked wonders for him. He scored 205 runs at 51.25 including two fifties in eight list A matches and also took 14 wickets at an average of 23. He was the third highest run scorer as well as wicket-taker for Otago in the season.
Neesham made his T20I debut for New Zealand against South Africa at Durban in December 2012. His debut match was not one to remember as New Zealand were bundled out for 86 runs, in which Neesham contributed with 10 runs.
He made his ODI debut in January 2013 and did not contribute much. The test debut came in February 2014 against India at Wellington which was a great match. He scored 33 runs in the first innings and 137 in the second.
Rise to Glory
Neesham made it to the limelight after his amazing 2011 season with Otago which earned him a T20I call-up. But his entry into the prominence was ensured by his unbeaten 137 on test debut against India at Wellington. This was the highest score on debut by a number eight batsman in tests.
In his next test match in June 2014, Neesham hit his second hundred against West Indies at Kingston. He scored 107 off 171 balls, which included 11 fours and 2 sixes. He became the 8th batsman in test history to hit hundreds in his first two test matches.
Neesham was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League and by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the eighth edition. He was dropped from the squad in the next season.
He played in the Caribbean Premier League for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2014 and also played in the Natwest T20 blast for Derbyshire in 2016 and for Kent in 2017.
James Neesham has played 12 test matches in which he scored 709 runs at an average of 33.76 and taken 14 wickets too.
In the limited overs format, he has scored 811 runs at 27.03 and taken 34 wickets whereas in 15 T20I he has scored 122 runs at 13.55 while taking 11 wickets at 23.54.