NZ vs PAK: Why is James Neesham not playing today’s World Cup Match?

Updated on: Nov 4, 2023 10:44 am IST

why is james neesham not playing today

In the much-anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup match today, where New Zealand faces off against Pakistan, keen cricket followers might have noticed the absence of the talented all-rounder James Neesham from New Zealand’s playing XI.

NZ vs PAK: Why is James Neesham not playing today’s World Cup Match?

Neesham has been a pivotal part of New Zealand’s campaign in the World Cup, contributing with both bat and ball. However, in a strategic move to address Pakistan’s wrist spin challenge, New Zealand has opted for leg spinner Ish Sodhi, and Neesham has made way for him.

Kane Williamson at toss: Slightly different looking surface to what we expect here. We will try to put a competitive target and adapt to the conditions. Nice to be back out here, obviously few niggles in the camp and the guys are very excited for the challenge today. We have 2 changes. Ish Sodhi comes in for Matt Henry and I come in for Will Young. Looks like it might take some turn. For us, it’s about sticking to our plans and adapting to conditions as best as we can.

James Neesham, a dynamic all-rounder known for his powerful hitting and medium-fast bowling, played a crucial role in New Zealand’s earlier matches in the World Cup. His performances were praiseworthy and made a significant impact on the team’s fortunes. Neesham’s ability to provide quick runs down the order and pick up key wickets made him a key figure in New Zealand’s lineup.

Pakistan’s wrist spinners have been a considerable threat to many teams in the World Cup. To tackle this specific challenge and adapt to the conditions, New Zealand has made a strategic change. The inclusion of leg spinner Ish Sodhi is aimed at providing a spin variation that could be more effective against wrist spin.

Ish Sodhi, a seasoned leg spinner with valuable experience, can bring a different dimension to New Zealand’s bowling attack. His ability to extract turn and vary his pace can pose difficulties for opposition batsmen, particularly against the wrist spin duo from Pakistan.

In today’s match, New Zealand’s strategy involves adjusting the bowling attack to counter Pakistan’s wrist spin challenge. This strategic adaptation led to Ish Sodhi’s inclusion in the playing XI.


Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

Bench: Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Will Young, James Neesham

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