Why Kiwi cricket star Jimmy Neesham refused to celebrate after New Zealand made T20 World Cup final 

The REAL reason Kiwi cricket star refused to celebrate with his team after making it into the World Cup

  • New Zealand into the T20 World Cup final after semi final upset against England
  • Photo of Black Caps’ celebrations shows Jimmy Neesham looking unimpressed
  • Later responded to online backlash, haunted by ODI World Cup final loss in 2019










A New Zealand cricketer has hit back after his post-match emotionless reaction to his team booking a T20 World Cup final berth made headlines.

Overjoyed Kiwis players and staff leapt from their seats on the boundary line moments after they defeated England by five wickets in a huge semi-final boilover in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night.

But all-rounder Jimmy Neesham stayed put in his chair, arms crossed and looking unimpressed, still haunted by the painful memories of New Zealand’s heartbreaking loss in the ODI World Cup final two years ago.

As New Zealand players and coaching staff celebrated a famous victory, an emotionless Jimmy Neesham (pictured in the left corner) remained in his seat

Skipper Kane Williamson also remained seated but at least could manage a smile.

Neesham’s priceless reaction to the Blacks Caps getting revenge against England left many cricket fans baffled.

‘Jimmy Neesham didn’t celebrate… Even did not move,’ one commented

Another added: ‘You could’ve at least smiled like Kane.’

Others leapt to Neesham’s defence and commended him on his professionalism.

‘Legends don’t celebrate until job completely finished,’ a fan commented.

Another who saw the funny side photoshopped a smiling Neesham in the photo. 

A later photo of Neesham still sitting there near his team’s dug-out on the boundary line on his own also quickly went viral.

The Blacks Caps all-rounder later hit back at the online reaction sparked by the photo

The Blacks Caps all-rounder later hit back at the online reaction sparked by the photo

Neesham, 31, later responded to online backlash of the photo shared online by ESPN.

‘Job finished? I don’t think so,’ he captioned the retweeted photo.

Neesham was referring to New Zealand’s devastating loss in the limited overs World Cup final against England at Lord’s in 2019 on a controversial boundary countback.

‘Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy,’ the shattered Kiwi famously tweeted at the time.

He also tweeted throwback footage of US basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s response in a post-match conference he’s asked why he’s not smiling about the LA Lakers being up 2-0 in the 2019 NBA finals. 

‘Job’s not finished,’ the late legend replied. 

Jimmy Neetham helped guide the Black Caps to a famous victory against England in the T20 World Cup semi final

Jimmy Neetham helped guide the Black Caps to a famous victory against England in the T20 World Cup semi final

Neesham had a handy contribution in steering the Black Caps to victory on Wednesday night, taking 1-18 with the ball before smashing 27 runs off 11 balls with the bat, including three sixes.

Crickets greats hailed Neetham’s stint at the crease as a gamechanger. 

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl before reaching England’s target of 167 with six balls to spare.

The Black Caps will play the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and Pakistan early Monday AEST. 

Jimmy Neesham hope to steer the Black Caps to World Cup glory in the T20 final

Jimmy Neesham hope to steer the Black Caps to World Cup glory in the T20 final

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