New Zealand and Kings XI Punjab cricketer Jimmy Neesham has hit back at former India cricketer Aakash Chopra following his criticism of the Kiwi all-rounder. It all started when Kings XI Punjab lost their last Indian Premier League encounter to Mumbai Indians. Chasing 192 for a win, Punjab managed to post 143 on the board.Following this performance, Chopra criticised Neesham and said the all rounder is not a match winner.
“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.
After this Neesham has questioned the former Indian cricketer’s credintials to raise eyebrows on his gameplay."Averaging 18.5 striking at 90 doesn’t win many matches either," the all-rounder tweeted.
In this case he was mentioning Chopra’s T20 stats which doesn’t look pretty by the outset.Aakash Chopra played for Kolkata Knight Riders and had disappointing seasons in 2008 and 2009.
Following this Aakash Chopra did respond to Nesham.
He tweeted this:
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. https://t.co/FFuYAyFtMZ— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 3, 2020
Earlier Aakash Chopra has recommeded that the ICC tweak the DRS rules.
“Pollard and #MI denied a single. LBW given. Reviewed. Inside edge confirmed. But the easy run they took won’t count. Dear @ICC, this might cost someone the World Cup someday. Need a rethink. Umpires will have to reserve their decision till the ball is dead. #MIvsKXIP," Aakash said in a tweet on Thursday.
The law pertaining to the situation states that the batting side “while benefiting from the reversal of the dismissal, shall not benefit from any runs that may subsequently have accrued from the delivery had the on-field umpire originally made a not-out decision, other than any no-ball penalty".
The run ultimately did not matter as Mumbai Indians cruised to a 48-run win.