Star Kiwi batter Kane Williamson, who recently got ruled out of the IPL 2023 after his knee injury, is likely to miss the ODI World Cup 2023, scheduled to be hosted in India. Williamson, 32, has ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and will require a surgery for the same. The Kiwi captain, who was a part of the reigning IPL champion squad Gujarat Titans, had suffered knee injury in the IPL 2023 opening clash against the Dhoni-led squad on March 31, 2023.
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The star batter has been ruled out of the tournament due to the same and has now flown back to his nation for his recovery and rehabilitation. Generally, ACL injuries require six to 12 months to rehabilitate completely, which means the New Zealand captain is unlikely to get fit and be available for the ODI 2023 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in the months of October and November in India.
The New Zealand white-ball captain said he is thankful to his IPL team Gujarat Titans as well as New Zealand Cricket for all the support and is ready to help New Zealand in every possible way. The Kiwi batter said, "I've received great support over the past few days and want to thank both the Gujarat Titans and New Zealand Cricket for that."
"Naturally it's disappointing to get such an injury, but my focus now is on having the surgery and starting rehab. It's going to take some time, but I'll be doing everything I can to get back on the field as soon as possible,” RNZ quoted Williamson.
The incident happened on March 31, in the season opener of the IPL 2023, where Gujarat Titans went head-to-head with four-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings. The franchise has roped Dasun Shanaka as Kane Williamson’s replacement for the rest of the tournament.