Jimmy Neesham

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham took on Instagram to share pictures of an injury he sustained on his left ring finger while playing in the action-packed Super Smash Twenty20 tournament on Saturday. Neesham, who represents Wellington Firebirds, couldn’t finish the game against Canterbury where he top-scored with 49 to lead Wellington to 154 for 7.

Describe the injury as gruesome, as horrific, and heart-wrenching, Jimmy Neesham’s finger looked like it had lost its tip leaving the bone exposed. Reportedly, The Kiwi all-rounder while trying to block a booming drive off his own delivery, suffered a compound dislocation. He also posted pictures on Monday, confirming that he had undergone surgery on the finger and should be back into action by February.

You’ve been warned,” Neesham captioned one of his posts on Instagram Stories and they started a series of photos of the compound dislocation. Apparently, Neesham had conducted a poll on Instagram asking if the fans wanted to know what injury lead to the surgery.

Neesham Tweets about his successful surgery:

Confirming the success of the surgery Neesham took on to Twitter to say. “Just to clarify to everyone asking, I underwent a minor procedure last night to make sure my finger is still in good shape. Thankfully it was. The aim is to be back in time for the @SuperSmashNZ finals in early February 😊”


During the Saturday clash, Jimmy – who is well known for his wit on Twitter– conceded 30 runs from 3.4 overs before he had to leave the field. Wellington suffered their first loss of the season. He underwent surgery later on Saturday night.

Earlier the Wellington Firebirds player scored a fine 49 off 38 balls. Hitting two fours and as many sixes in the first innings. Micheal Bracewell’s 31 off 32 balls before being declared retired hurt. Logan Van Beek’s quickfire 29 runs knock off 10 balls, took Wellington to 154. For Canterbury, it was Cole McConchie, who took two wickets. He gave away only 14 runs in his quota of four overs. Matt Henry also got two wickets against his name but gave away 46 runs.

Coming out to bat with an at par total on the board, Canterbury lost both the openers for cheap. However, Jack Boyle (39 runs off 33 balls) and Daryl Mitchell (34 runs off 23 balls) stabilized the innings. It was Cole McConchie who shined with the bat too, as he remained unbeaten at 48 runs. Canterbury chased the target with two balls to spare.

What’s next for Jimmy Neesham?

Neesham, who was a crucial part of the Kiwi squad in the 2019 World Cup experienced a flunk in form. His performance with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 2020 edition was also below par. However, a string of decent performances with both bat and ball at the domestic level might mean his return to the Kiwi squad. Kane Williamson and company will be hosting Australia and Bangladesh for a lot of T20 cricket starting from February. Neesham hinted that he would want to be back with the team.