Kane Williamson expect to miss the competition after suffering a knee injury in the IPL 2023. During Gujarat Titans’ first encounter against Chennai Super Kings, the New Zealand captain got hurt while fielding.
New Zealand’s ICC One-Day International World Cup campaign in 2023 dealt a major blow with skipper Kane Williamson ruled out of the competition. The news came shortly after the veteran departed the IPL to travel to New Zealand for an injury evaluation.
Williamson, who near the ropes, sought to salvage a six from Ruturaj Gaikwad during the 13th over of the first innings. Which he heroically executed, saving two runs for the side after converting it into a four. But, he fell in an odd posture, locking his knee against the ground with his full body weight on it.
Williamson just stated that he had damaged the anterior cruciate ligament. His right knee and will undergo surgery in roughly three weeks, once the swelling has subsided. This makes him exceedingly unlikely to play in the 2017 World Cup. Putting a significant dent in New Zealand’s preparations for the mega-event. Williamson is without a doubt one of New Zealand’s most valuable assets, having averaged 47.83 in 161 ODIs.
In response to the injury, Williamson state that his priority would be to complete the operation. Then begin the rehabilitation process in order to return to the field as soon as possible.
“Naturally, such an injury is disheartening, but my emphasis is now on having the ailment and beginning the therapy. It will take some time, but I will do all necessary to return to the field as soon as possible “Williamson stated.
We haven’t given up hope but at this stage it does look unlikely, says New Zealand coach
New Zealand coach Gary Stead responded to the situation, stating that Kane Williamson’s absence would need a significant amount of effort for management to reassess duties and restructure the team ahead of the event. He also stated that, while they had not given up hope, Williamson’s recovery in time for the World Cup seemed doubtful.
“Kane the footballer is one thing, but Kane the leader and the guy he is within our group is a tremendous stumbling block for us. We haven’t given up hope that he’s correct, but it appears doubtful at this point. Our first thoughts are with Kane right now; it’s a difficult time for him; it’s not an injury you expect…it hits you hard “ESPN Cricinfo quoted Stead as saying.