Player Profile

James Douglas Sheahan Neesham
New Zealand
Born September 17, 1990 ( 29 Yrs )
Birth Place Auckland
Known As Jimmy Neesham
Player Role Batting Allrounder
Player Bat Style Left Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm medium

Career Information - Teams

New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand U19, New Zealand A, Otago, Delhi Capitals, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders, Derbyshire, Kent, Wellington, Trinbago Knight Riders, Edmonton Royals, Kings XI Punjab, New Zealand XI

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


James Neesham first came into limelight as a promising all-rounder in the U-19 World Cup of 2010. Within two years of making his first-class debut, Neesham was called into New Zealand's T20I squad for the series against South Africa in 2012-2013. He eventually made his T20I debut at Durban, followed by his ODI debut at Paarl.

Earlier, Neesham began playing for Auckland in domestic cricket but then shifted to Otago and shone in the 50-over format for them in the 2011-2012 season. He made three 40-plus scores at a good strike rate and had a decent run with the ball too, picking up his career-best figures of 5-44 against Wellington.

Neesham performed fantastically in the 2013 Champions League for the Otago Volts, aiding them in many victories in the early stages of the tournament.

He has been a useful player for New Zealand in recent times churning out crucial performances when needed. His dedication to improve earned him his Test cap against India in the second Test at Wellington in February 2014. He hit his maiden century in the game scoring a fantastic 137, the highest score on debut by a number 8 batsman in Tests.

The Kiwi all-rounder was snapped up by Delhi in the 2014 Indian T20 League auctions and was later bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the following season.

Neesham was omitted from New Zealand's 15-man 2015 World Cup squad, an act that drew criticism from experts. But, the enthusiastic Neesham accepted the fact cheerfully and continued to amuse everyone with his witty presence on Twitter. When New Zealand traveled to India in late 2016, he did not have the greatest of outings but has managed to hold on to his spot in the limited overs squad since then.

World Cup 2019 - What to expect

Like many other players in the New Zealand's squad, James Neesham would also be playing his first ever ODI World Cup as he was unlucky to miss out in the previous edition. If Colin de Grandhomme fails to fire, Kiwis might probably include James Neesham in the playing XI. Interestingly, the Blackcaps had included both - Neesham and de Grandhomme in the playing XI against India and Bangladesh in their recent ODI series in New Zealand. However, in order to get the team balance right, they'll have to go with either one of them during the Round Robin stages of WC 19. The chances of both featuring in the same match are very less, so it's going to be a stiff competition between the two burly all-rounders. Neesham has shown decent consistency of late but de Grandhomme should be New Zealand's first choice. Simply put, the one who shows nerves of steel under pressure shall prevail.

By Cricbuzz Staff


TEST debut vs India at Basin Reserve, Feb 14, 2014
Last TEST vs South Africa at Basin Reserve, Mar 16, 2017
ODI debut vs South Africa at Boland Park, Jan 19, 2013
Last ODI vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Mar 13, 2020
T20 debut vs South Africa at Kingsmead, Dec 21, 2012
Last T20 vs England at Eden Park, Nov 10, 2019
IPL debut vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Apr 17, 2014
Last IPL vs Kings XI Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, May 25, 2014

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 63 54 10 1286 97 29.23 1314 97.87 0 0 6 115 30
T20 18 15 4 185 42 16.82 131 141.22 0 0 0 19 8
Test 12 22 1 709 137 33.76 1069 66.32 2 0 4 88 11
IPL 4 3 0 42 22 14 46 91.3 0 0 0 3 1

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 63 59 1967 2012 61 31/5 31/5 6.14 32.98 32.25 1 0
T20 18 16 226 323 13 16/3 16/3 8.58 24.85 17.38 0 0
Test 12 21 1076 675 14 42/3 42/3 3.76 48.21 76.86 0 0
IPL 4 4 54 91 1 29/1 29/1 10.11 91 54 0 0