The most epic World Cup Final was not for faint-hearted. That match has everything, twists, turns, excitement, climax and was one of the most thrilling matches of cricket history between England vs New Zealand. New Zealand’s all-rounder Jimmy Neesham along with Martin Guptill came out to bat for Super Over and they need 16 to win. Jimmy Neesham hits a six in the second ball of the over by Jofra Archer. Jimmy Neesham’s childhood coach passed away after Jimmy Neesham hit that six in the Super Over.
Yes, you read that right. The daughter of the coach Leonie told that her father passed away, the moment Jimmy hit the six on the second ball of the Super Over which was also end up in a tie, his father stopped breathing.
“You know, I think Jimmy Neesham had just hit that six and he took his last breath.”
He has a quirky sense of humor and he was a real character and he would have loved the fact that he did that.
David Gordon worked as a teacher at Auckland Grammar School and cricket coach for over 25 years, with Lockie Ferguson one of his other students. Leonie told further,
“It was lovely, you know, he’s kept in touch with Jimmy and he is friends with Jimmy’s father. He always had a soft spot for Jimmy Neesham, he was very proud of him. He would definitely be following his career.”
Jimmy Neesham tweet about this incident
Dave Gordon, my High School teacher, coach and friend. Your love of this game was infectious, especially for those of us lucky enough to play under you. How appropriate you held on until just after such a match. Hope you were proud. Thanks for everything. RIP
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 17, 2019
“Dave Gordon, my High School teacher, coach, and friend. Your love of this game was infectious, especially for those of us lucky enough to play under you. How appropriate you held on until just after such a match. Hope you were proud. Thanks for everything. RIP”
Rest in Peace Dave Gordan, you will be proud of Jimmy Neesham.