Dubai:New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who led the team to victory in the ICC (International Cricket Council) T20 World Cup semi-final against England, said that his team has not come here after traveling half the world just to win the semi-finals.

Neesham, who was witness to some heart-wrenching moments in the cricket field, played an innings of 27 runs in 11 balls against England, turning the match towards New Zealand.

He was part of the New Zealand team that lost the match to England on the number of boundaries scored after the end of the Super Over in the 2019 ODI World Cup final. Neesham said that his team’s players are eyeing the final against Australia on Sunday.

Australia and New Zealand have not won the T20 World Cup title so far. Neesham sat calm when New Zealand players were celebrating after their semi-final victory. This picture of him made headlines on social media.

When Neesham was asked about this quiet celebration, he told ‘New Zealand Cricket’, “I think it was a time to celebrate but you don’t travel half the world just to win the semi-finals.”

“Our eyes are on the match (final) to be held after a few days. I personally and we as a team are not looking much ahead. I am sure that if we are successful in winning the final, then we will be able to express our feelings openly.

New Zealand are one of the most consistent teams in world cricket and especially in ICC events. Neesham said that the team’s excellent planning is the reason for their consistency.

“Look, I think we’ve got to experience it,” he said. We have done consistently well in tournaments in the last five or six years. We know how to keep our emotions under control and move on immediately leaving behind a victory or defeat.

“We have a great plan,” he said. From the selection of players to the planning of matches, we pay full attention to the work. We have a very strong strategy. All those strategies will be implemented over the next few days and I think tomorrow we will reassess that during the exercise. (Language)

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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