World Cup 2023: As the anticipation for the World Cup 2023 mounts, slated to kick off on October 5th, warm-up matches have already commenced. While injuries have plagued key players across teams on the cusp of this grand event, some players have been included in squads with the optimistic expectation of quick recoveries. Among these optimistic inclusions stands the name of New Zealand’s premier fast bowler, Tim Southee. Even though an injury led to a delay, Tim, as confirmed by New Zealand, touched Indian soil on Sunday night.

The context of Tim’s late arrival stems from an unfortunate incident during New Zealand’s fourth ODI against England. While attempting to catch Joe Root’s shot in the 14th over, Tim suffered an injury. Consequently, he neither bowled nor batted for the rest of that game. The prognosis was grim; a fracture in his right thumb necessitated surgical intervention.

World Cup 2023: This injury cast a shadow over his World Cup 2023 participation. However, displaying a blend of hope and confidence in their star bowler, New Zealand named Southee in their World Cup squad. Kyle Jamieson, the towering pace bowler, traveled to India as a standby for Southee, even though he isn’t officially part of the squad.

New Zealand’s official cricket handle, the BLACKCAPS, broke the news of Tim’s arrival on October 1 with a tweet showcasing a picture of the fast bowler alongside Trent Boult. The caption jubilantly announced, “Back in camp! Tim Southee has reached India after undergoing surgery on his injured thumb in New Zealand.”

Tim Southee
Tim Southee

World Cup 2023: The cricketing community now keenly awaits updates on Tim Southee’s playing status. Preliminary reports hint at him missing the opening match against England on October 5. However, official confirmation from the New Zealand camp is pending. The cricket world surely wishes for Tim’s speedy recovery and a swift return to the pitch, further intensifying the World Cup’s competitive spirit.