Jimmy Neesham is one of the very few cricketers who are quite busy on social media platforms. Every now and then, he keeps posting tweets about cricket. He plied his trade for the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates.
New Zealand all-rounder was given an opportunity to be part of the playing XI where he played only a handful of games. The all-rounder played just 3 games and was warming the bench more often than not. His performance in the three games was really poor.
The all-rounder didn’t deliver the goods with the bat and with the ball for Kings XI Punjab. He managed to score only 7 runs in 3 games at an average of just 7. Shockingly, it was also his highest score for the team in the 2020 season of the IPL.
Besides being so poor with the bat, he also didn’t bowl well. He was the most expensive bowler for the franchise where he was tonked to all parts of the ground by opposition batsmen. He leaked as many as 105 runs. Nonetheless, he did pick up a wicket to his name.
The New Zealand international managed to bowl 10 overs in the cash-rich league. However, as it turned out, he was far from being impressive. The 30-year-old Kiwi all-rounder carried the worst economic rate of 10.50 in the last edition.
Neesham turns up in international circuit
In the wake of a terrible performance in the lucrative tournament, Neesham switched his gear in the international circuit. During the first T20I match against West Indies at home, the all-rounder smashed a quickfire 48 off 24 balls with the help of 5 fours and 3 sixes.
The all-rounder didn’t bat in the second T20I where New Zealand’s top-order batsmen played extremely well and posted 238/3. Neesham did his part by taking a wicket in a winning encounter. Neesham was sidelined for the two-match Test series against West Indies which Kiwis completed a 2-0 whitewash.
The all-rounder turned up for the three-match T20I series against Pakistan. He scored an unbeaten 15 off 10 balls including 2 sixes and helped his team beat Pakistan by 5 wickets. He picked up a wicket in the second and third T20I respectively. Kiwis won the T20I series by 2-1.
Neesham sustains a horrific injury
After the international assignment, the Kiwi all-rounder took part in the Super Smash Twenty20 tournament. Plying his trade for Wellington, the all-rounder top-scored with 49 against Canterbury. The New Zealand man sustained a shocking injury during the match.
Neesham had to walk off the turf after a brutal injury he sustained on his left ring finger. His finger appeared like it lost its tip where the bone was left exposed. The incident happened during his bowling when he tried to stop a fierce drive off his own delivery.
Shockingly, he suffered a compound dislocation in the follow-through. He took to Twitter to post pictures confirming that he had undergone surgery on the injured finger. He also confirmed that he would be back into action by February.
“You’ve been warned,” Neesham posted on his Instagram Story. After undergoing surgery, Neesham came up with another tweet: “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 😊”