IPL 2021: KingsXI Punjab all-rounder Jimmy Neesham doubtful for IPL 2021 undergoes surgery for finger

IPL 2021 – Jimmy Neesham: KingsXI Punjab and New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has undergone surgery for a compound dislocation on his left ring finger on Saturday. Though Neesham is expected to recover from his surgery before IPL 2021 but it is unlikely that KXIP will take any risk and renew Neesham’s contract.

Neesham has been put in a splint and he will be reviewed by a hand specialist in a week. He is expected to return to action for the back end of the ongoing Super Smash tournament, where Wellington are currently leading the table. “He underwent surgery on Saturday night and has been put in a splint. It will be reviewed by a hand specialist in a week, with the aim to be available for the back end of the @SuperSmashNZ,” Cricket Wellington tweeted.

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Neesham has played five matches for Wellington, scoring 65 runs and taking eight wickets – the joint-most – at an average of 16.25.

Neesham played Saturday’s Super Smash match against Canterbury, top-scoring with 49 to lead Wellington to 154 for 7. However, he was unable to close out the match with the ball, conceding 30 runs from 3.4 overs as Wellington suffered their first loss of the season.

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The all-rounder last featured for New Zealand in the T20I series against Pakistan in December last year.