Leading Online Desk : Kane Williamson Ruled Out : Before the start of ICC ODI World Cup (ICC World Cup), the New Zealand cricket team has received the biggest shock. It has been reported that the captain of the team Kane Williamson will not be able to participate in the opening match of this tournament. New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said that Williamson is trying to make a comeback from a knee injury. But he will not play the World Cup opener against England. But he will play as a batsman in the warm-up match against Pakistan in Hyderabad on Friday and will play in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. He informed that he will field and bat in the practice match against Africa.
Stead said, ‘We have been planning long-term for the return of Kane Williamson since the beginning. His rehabilitation has gone well and now it’s just a question of managing his international cricket workload properly. We will monitor his fitness every day and will not put any pressure on him until he is fully fit. Williamson is focused on getting fully fit for New Zealand’s second World Cup match against the Netherlands on October 9,’ he revealed.
Williamson suffered a serious knee injury during the IPL. So he had to undergo ACL surgery. He is recovering. He will be seen playing warm-up matches but will not be seen in the opening match of the World Cup. Tom Latham has been given the captaincy in Williamson’s absence. He will lead the team in the main match against England along with two warm-up matches. (ICC World Cup)
Williamson has played 23 matches in the ODI World Cup (ICC World Cup) and has scored 911 runs at an average of 56.93 and a strike rate of 78.33. In between, he has hit 2 centuries and 3 fifties. He was awarded as ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the 2019 World Cup.