New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham went unsold during the recently held IPL 2019 auction despite having a base price of just Rs 75 lakhs. However, Neesham is showing the IPL franchises his real worth in ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka.
The Kiwi all-rounder made yet another vital contribution with a 37-ball 64 as the hosts posted 319/7 in the second ODI at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. It was Neesham’s second game since returning from injury. He had also scored 47 not out in just 13 balls in the ODI series opener at the same venue.
In the first ODI, Neesham also broke the world record of highest strike rate for a batsman in the 50-over format (361.54), surpassing AB de Villiers's 338.6. The jaw-dropping innings also had a 34-run over, which saw Neesham hit 5 sixes to Thisara Perera.
Seeing his swashbuckling batting in both the ODIs against the Lankans, Twitterati rued Neesham’s luck as the series wasn't slated before the IPL 2019 auction.
Jimmy Neesham has featured in only four IPL matches back in 2014 for the Delhi Capitals, then Delhi Daredevils. He had scored 42 runs at an average of 14 in the lucrative league while the Kiwi got the opportunity to bowl a total of 9 overs, conceding 91 runs and claiming only one wicket.