IPL 2020: James Neesham involved in hilarious Twitter banter with Aakash Chopra
First Published 3, Oct 2020, 5:37 PM
James Neeshan has not had the best so far in the Indian Premier League this season. He is currently playing for Kings XI Punjab, as the side is placed in the seventh spot, for now, having lost three of the four matches. This is Neesham's second stint in the tournament.
The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen some thrilling stuff on the field so far. However, it is not just limited to the field, as social media has been equally hilarious, especially following the latest episode between James Neesham and Aakash Chopra.
The ongoing season has not been the best for Neesham. In the three matches that he has played so far for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), being an all-rounder, he has only managed to score seven in an innings. He has also been expensive with the ball, claiming 1/105 at an economy of 10.50 and a horrific average of 105.00.
Based on the same, former cricketer-turned commentator Aakash Chopra opined that Neesham is not exactly a match-winner. He also feels that KXIP should play Mujeeb Ur Rahman over him.
“They play Neesham, an overseas fast bowler, who neither bowls in the powerplay nor in the death overs. He is neither a great finisher nor a big batsman, who bats in the top four or five. So, why is Kings XI Punjab playing him? You are playing a player who is not really a match-winner," Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“First thing is that Kings XI Punjab is not playing the right team. Honestly, they are the only team in the world where Mujeeb is not able to make it to the playing XI after being in the squad,” he added.
When pointed out by a user on Twitter, Neesham replied by writing, "Averaging 18.5 striking at 90 doesn’t win many matches either."
Chopra replied by stating, "Correct my friend. That’s why nobody picks me anymore. I get paid for doing something else. I’m glad that you don’t have an issue with my observations, but with my cricket stats. Go well for the rest of the #IPL."
KXIP are off to a poor start to the tournament, having won just a game in the four matches they have played so far. They are currently placed in the seventh spot of the table.