Kane Williamson to Miss ODI World Cup After Injury in 2023

Kane Williamson will be missing the upcoming ODI World Cup in India as he has been injured in the first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. The injury occurred when he was fielding against Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Williamson injured his left knee while trying to save a six hit by Rituraj Gaikwad at deep square leg in the third ball of the 13th over by fast bowler Joshua Little.

Kane Williamson to Miss ODI World Cup After Injury
Kane Williamson to Miss ODI World Cup After Injury

Williamson to Undergo Surgery

Williamson returned to New Zealand after the injury. He now needs surgery on the cruciate ligament in his left knee. This injury has come as a shock to the New Zealand cricket team. Williamson is one of the best batsmen in the current world of cricket. Under Williamson’s captaincy, New Zealand has been performing exceptionally well in the ICC tournament.

Williamson’s Performance in ICC Tournaments

In the 2019 ODI World Cup, Williamson performed brilliantly to lead New Zealand to the finals. Although they were unable to win the title, Williamson’s captaincy and batting skills were praised by many. In the T20 World Cup of 2021, India and England reached the finals, where under Williamson’s captaincy, India won the ICC World Test Championship 2021 by 8 wickets in the final. In the 2022 T20 World Cup, New Zealand reached the semi-finals under Williamson’s captaincy.

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Impact on New Zealand’s Performance

Williamson is New Zealand’s leading batsman and a reliable captain. His absence will have a significant impact on both batting and captaincy and it remains to be seen how the team will perform without him. Tom Latham, New Zealand’s most reliable batsman, will be the captain in the absence of Williamson. Latham has captained the team in Williamson’s absence previously.

Kane Williamson to Miss ODI World Cup After Injury

Williamson has expressed his disappointment at the injury and said that his focus is on surgery and recovery. Under Williamson’s captaincy, in the ICC World Cup Super League, New Zealand has won 16 matches and lost 5 matches in 24 matches. The upcoming ODI World Cup will have 10 teams, and the top four teams will play the semi-finals after playing against each other.

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