It has been a long tough road for Kane Williamson as he continues to go through rehab hoping to be fit for the 2023 World Cup. Williamson suffered a nasty ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his right knee. This has been a big setback for the New Zealand skipper. He admitted that it looks like a tough goal to make it to the World Cup at the moment.
Williamson got the injury in the first game of IPL 2023 when Gujarat Titans faced off against Chennai Super Kings. The Kiwi skipper attempted to take a catch of Ruturaj Gaikwad but ended up falling backwardly. Williamson will continue his rehab with the New Zealand team in England. There were previous reports saying that if Williamson cant make the cut, he will still accompany the team to India as a mentor.
The journey has been slow- Kane Williamson
“To be at the World Cup is always special. It’s still just guesswork at the moment in terms of when the day is or how it’s tracking at the time,” Williamson was quoted as saying to ESPNCricinfo. “Yeah, obviously slim, and still, you know, a tough goal. However, something like that (World Cup) in the back of your mind is obviously motivating and you want to keep seeing those improvements,” Kane added.
“There’s been some nice little progressions and working through some of those little milestones and return to the running phase, which I am in at the moment. It is obviously a bit of a slow journey,” The New Zealand skipper said. Kane has played 161 ODI games, he has hit 6554 runs at an average of 47.83 and at a strike rate of 80.97. He also led New Zealand to the final of the 2019 World Cup.
“It is a tricky one. It is a lot about the healing element as well. You can have the strength work, the movement, the confidence. But the actual healing is what has to happen and there are a lot of things to really assess before that time. So, that (Bangladesh) series, by all accounts, is too early,” the right-hander empahised he is not looking at the Bangladesh series at the moment.
Let us take a look at the reactions on Twitter:
Only hurdle for NZ in this world cup will be Australia, in Indian condition.
If they some how able to beat Aus in knockout then anything possible.
— Satya P Singh(spbtctrade) (@spsinghweb) August 11, 2023
Humko har baar hara deta hai
Pr pata nhi kyu khelte dekhna pasand hai iss player ko. Wish for speedy recovery of Kane
— Pravin_de bruyne (@Debruyne_Pravin) August 11, 2023
If he doesn't participate in this world cup, it will be very heartbreaking.
I do not think we will see him in next world cup
— बर्बरीक 🇮🇳🇸🇪 (@BhaktBusterr) August 11, 2023
great come back my brother Kane is king 👑
— fan off Newzealand cricket (@SivaPra04537427) August 11, 2023
Aur apne Wale kuch farji slim chance ko b fully fit batane ki kosis krte h kuch video insta par dalkar bcz unke liye har Jeet team se mtlb ni bas apna jagah wc m fit ho jaye yahi main achivement h unke liye
— JAISAL KUMAR (@JAISALKUMAR97) August 11, 2023
Get well soon mate
— yadavashish // CSK💛 (@InUrDreaMsdian) August 11, 2023
Hope he Will play🤞
— SHIVAM⚡🚩 (@act_yash) August 11, 2023
Ab to saram karle iyer
— Ritayan (@huihuian69) August 11, 2023
— Khelan Shah (@khelanshah) August 11, 2023