Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham pays tribute to his high school coach who died during World Cup super over

Kiwi’s all-rounder Jimmy Neesham paid tribute to his high school cricket coach David Gordon who drew his last breath during the ICC Cricket World Cup final.

“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,” the 28-year-old wrote on his Twitter handle.

According to Gordon’s daughter Leonie, her father passed away when Neesham hit six in the Super Over which ended up a tie with England taking the World Cup on boundary countback.

“Jimmy hit that big six in the Super Over and Dad just stopped breathing,” Leonie Gordon said.

Gordon coached a few future Black Caps in the juniors, with Lockie Ferguson another of his former charges.