Aakash Chopra calls Jimmy Neesham ‘not a match-winner’; the all-rounder responds

Chopra had questioned Neesham’s role in the team after KXIP’s loss to MI.

Aakash Chopra and Jimmy Neesham
Aakash Chopra and Jimmy Neesham. (Photo Source: Instagram)

The Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) losing to Mumbai Indians (MI) raised many eyebrows. Many experts lashed out at the team management’s tactics. Among them was former India cricketer Aakash Chopra who questioned the bowlers KL Rahul reserved for the death overs while also questioning Jimmy Neesham’s role in the side who is neither a finisher not a death overs bowler.

Neesham bowled a couple of overs in the death against MI and was taken to the cleaners. He went for 52 runs in his four overs and couldn’t do much with the match. Chopra didn’t seem too happy with the team’s composition as he also said that the Kiwi all-rounder is not a match-winner.

A Twitter user decided to share this news with Jimmy Neesham and the New Zealand cricketer, in his own way, has responded to the Aakash Chopra’s criticism. He took a dig at the former cricketer’s T20 career. Chopra played 21 T20 matches scoring 334 runs at an average of 18.55 and a strike-rate 91.25.

Pointing out these numbers, Neesham tweeted that they are not match-winning either and laughed his heart out. “Averaging 18.5 striking at 90 doesn’t win many matches either,” the tweet read.

Here’s the tweet:

This didn’t end here as one of the fans advised Jimmy Neesham to accept that he hasn’t fared well. The 30-year-old responded to the tweet stating that he has batted only once since March. “Recently you have not been at your best” I’ve literally batted once since March. You idiots really jump on anything aye,” he said.

Here’s the second tweet:

KXIP to face CSK in their next game

Meanwhile, KXIP are set to face the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their next game. Both the teams are in a similar position and are occupying the last two places in the points table. They have lost three out of four games played thus far and a loss in this game to any of the sides will make their road ahead extremely tough.

Moreover, after a poor show in the couple of matches, Jimmy Neesham might lose his place in the XI as well. With Mujeeb Ur Rahman waiting in the wings, the KXIP management would be looking to try the Afghanistan spinner. Neesham himself, if given a chance, would be keen on improving his show in the coming matches. Also, it remains to be seen now if Aakash Chopra responds to him over his latest dig.

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