Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham was left heartbroken post their narrow defeat in a nail-biting final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against England.
In a final, which will go down in history as one of the best to have ever been played, the scores were levelled twice. One after both the innings had ended and the other after the Super Over. However, England were crowned World Champions on account of their better boundary count than Kiwis.
Two superb run-outs from the deep in the last two balls of England innings saw the match being forced into a Super Over.
Neesham, who was one the batsmen for New Zealand in the Super Over, thanked fans for their support.
However, clearly disappointed on missing out on the World Cup trophy, he also advised children to not take up sports as a career.
Two dramatic run-outs in the final over of England’s innings took the game into a Super Over with the scores tied on 241. England held their nerve, levelling the scores on the final ball of the deciding over, and then edged ahead on the boundary count to be crowned men’s world champions for the first time.
Neesham, who came into bat in the Super Over, expressed gratitude towards the fans for their support but also advised children not to take up sports.
He initially congratulated England and hoped that he is able to get over the defeat. Post the match, he posted a series of tweets.
“That hurts. Hopefully there’s a day or two over the next decade where I don’t think about that last half hour. Congratulations England, well deserved,” he tweeted.
He then tweeted thanking all the fans for their support: “Thank you to all the supporters that came out today. We could hear you the whole way. Sorry we couldn’t deliver what you so badly wanted.”
And then he tweeted advising children not to take up sport. “Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.”
Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 15, 2019