Jimmy Neesham was in the middle when his batting partner Martin Guptill was run out by Jos Buttler, resulting in the Super Over ending in a tie. The Kiwis needed 16 to win off the Super Over bowled by Jofra Archer
London: After enduring a heartbreaking loss in arguably the greatest World Cup final, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has advised kids not to take up sport, clearly indicating how cruel sport can be.
On Sunday (July 14) at Lord’s, England were crowned World Cup 2019 champions after the final ended in a tie and the Super Over that followed, too ended in a tie. The hosts were then declared winners on a superior boundary count.
That hurts. Hopefully there’s a day or two over the next decade where I don’t think about that last half hour. Congratulations @ECB_cricket , well deserved.— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 14, 2019
Neesham was in the middle when his batting partner Martin Guptill was run out by Jos Buttler, resulting in the Super Over ending in a tie. The Kiwis needed 16 to win off the Super Over bowled by Jofra Archer.
The left-handed Neesham had put his team ahead by hitting a six off Archer and on the fifth ball he took a single when three were needed off two balls. With two required off the final ball, the Kiwis were heartbroken as Guptill’s desperate dive could not save and England celebrated knowing that they had won on boundary count.
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Taking to his Twitter handle, Neesham tweeted, “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
After the epic final, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said, “Obviously, just gutted. You know, the guys put in a huge amount of work to get this opportunity, to come here and play in another World Cup final and to pretty much do all you could and still not perhaps get across the line with some small margins and I think throughout this whole campaign in a lot of my press conferences I have spoken about 'uncontrollables' and there were a couple today that were pretty hard to swallow.”
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.— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 15, 2019
This was the second time in a row that New Zealand failed to win the trophy after reaching the final. Last time, in 2015, they were beaten by Australia.
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