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‘Healthy rivalry with Anderson’

New Delhi: James Neesham and Corey Anderson have the same set of skills and both are integral parts of the New Zealand team.

But Neesham knows it very well that his “friend” Corey is already in the big league even as he tries to carve his own niche in international cricket. Asked about a rivalry with his contemporary, Neesham sets the record straight.

“Corey is a ‘Big Money’ player for Mumbai Indians, while I am a ‘Part Player’ here in Delhi. We will certainly have a banter as to who performs well for our respective teams in this edition of IPL,” Neesham quipped, after the Delhi Daredevils’ practice session, on Saturday.

Talking about Corey, who now holds the world record for the fastest century in ODIs, Neesham said: “We have spent a lot of time together — Corey and me coming through the age-group system.

“We have now played a World Cup 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.”

“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.”       (PTI)