Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder James Neesham has shared that he felt like he was debuting for Mumbai Indians again on Tuesday. He shared that after making a return to the playing XI against Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Notably, Neesham has made his debut for Mumbai in the first half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He had played his first match in May against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, he had conceded 26 runs in his two overs and went wicketless as well and got out for a golden duck also. Meanwhile, after a long gap, he has played his second match against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday in Sharjah. He returned with excellent figures of three wickets for 12 as well.
While talking about his performance, James Neesham said that he was happy to contribute in a must-win situation.
“The tournament has been kind of weird. I felt like I was debuting again after having that break in the middle of the tournament. But coming out and putting up a performance like that on the board when we needed to win was pretty pleasing,” Neesham told Nathan Coulter-Nile in an interaction posted on IPLT20.COM.
On the other hand, Coulter-Nile was the man of the match for his stunning spell of 14/4 as Mumbai registered an eight-wicket win over RR after restricting them to 90/9.
The Australia cricketer said: “Everyone bowled pretty well. Obviously, that kind of wicket is conducive to quick bowling. Not great cricket but we were lucky we got a few wickets. We hit the right areas and we all bowled really well. So it was just another good team performance from Mumbai.”
Although Mumbai won against the RR, they have an uphill task to qualify for the playoffs this season as well as CSK< DC and RCB has already qualified. However, their last league game will be against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Abu Dhabi on October 8.
Coulter-Nile further shared: “It’s just another game of cricket. You have to try and win every game. When we came out here, the boys had the chance to show their skills and were lucky enough to get on the other end. We have to do it again next game. So, hopefully the other results fall our way and we get through.”