BJ Watling dislocates finger in his last Test match; decides to stay on field

The incident happened in the 53rd over of India's second innings.

Rohan GulatyAuthor

Updated - 23 June 2021 06:25 PM


The Day 6 of the ongoing WTC final produced some scintillating cricket in the first session as the Kiwi pacers took early wickets opening up the possibilities of ensuring an outcome in the ultimate Test. On the other hand, Rishabh Pant also kept India in the game as he scored some crucial runs with his attacking batting. However, there was a scary moment for the Kiwis as their veteran keeper BJ Watling, who is playing his final Test match of career, seemed to have suffered a horrible injury.

The incident happened in the 53rd over of the innings when Ravindra Jadeja played a shot off the bowling of Neil Wagner towards mid-off and ran for a quick single. Rishabh Pant, standing at the other end, sent him back with the all-rounder having some distance to cover to get back to the crease.

Citing a chance to inflict a run-out, Kane Williamson quickly fired in a quick throw at the striker's end and with Jadeja coming in front of BJ Watling, the Kiwi keeper failed to track the trajectory of the ball and as he put his right hand out to collect the throw, the ball smashed his fingertips and he looked in a lot of discomfort.

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The physios were down nursing him and fortunately for New Zealand fans, BJ Watling was fit to continue after getting some taping on his fingers.

Post lunch the medical team confirmed that Watling has suffered a dislocation on his ring finger of right hand. However, Watling continues to play his part on the final day of his last game of cricketing career.


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