Neesham welcomes Anderson rivalry

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All-rounder Jimmy Neesham is looking forward to a staunch rivalry with New Zealand team-mate during this year's Indian Premier League.

All-rounder Jimmy Neesham is looking forward to a staunch rivalry with New Zealand team-mate during this year's Indian Premier League.

Neesham has been signed by the Delhi Daredevils, while fellow all-rounder Anderson has been recruited by the Mumbai Indians.

"Corey is a big money player for Mumbai, while I am a part player in Delhi. We will certainly have a healthy banter as to who performs well for our respective teams in this edition of IPL," Neesham told <i>PTI</i>.

"We have spent a lot of time together, me and Corey coming through the age-group system. We have now played a World T20 together. Definitely there is healthy competition with him.

"We are only 23 and we have a long way to go in our careers as we fight for the same spot or play alongside."

The talented Neesham is eager to make a solid contribution with a ball in a Delhi squad that also features Indian fast bowlers Jaydev Unadkat and Mohammed Shami, South African left-armer Wayne Parnell and Australian pace ace Nathan Coulter-Nile.

"My role changes with conditions but I reckon myself more as a bowling all-rounder. Considering the conditions over here, I have a lot of change-ups to offer in terms of change of pace," he added.

"I hope that my batting also comes along well so that I can make a good contribution with the bat as well. As a T20 bowler, if you are bowling at the start when the ball is hard, the idea is to hit the right areas."

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