Williamson got injured again against Bangladesh after being out of the field for a long time due to injury
Wednesday November 1, 2023 09:57 AM Last Updated: Wednesday November 1, 2023 01:01 PM
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was expected to return for the South Africa match. But misfortune does not want to leave him behind. The regular captain is not playing against the Proteas. This is what the New Zealand Cricket Board said.
New Zealand will take on South Africa at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Wednesday (November 1). The match is very important for the Kiwis. If they win, they will go a long way to the semi-finals. If you lose, there will be a fear of being dropped. Not getting Williamson in such a match is a big shock for the team.
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Williamson injured his left thumb against Bangladesh in Chennai. The ball thrown by the fielder hits him. After first treatment, he started batting again. But in the end he was forced to leave the field with an unbeaten score of 78 runs. The right-handed batsman is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
However, without the captain, the Kiwis had no problem winning that match. New Zealand then played three more matches against Afghanistan, India and Australia. Williamson did not play in those matches. Without him, the team won only against the Afghans. After India and Australia, if they lose to South Africa, the semi-final equation may become difficult for the team.
The Blackcaps wrote on the social media ‘X’ about the condition of the Kiwi captain, ‘Kane Williamson batted in the nets before the South Africa match. But he was left out of the team for the November 1 match. He will be re-evaluated before the team’s next match against Pakistan.’
Earlier this year, Williamson got injured in the first match after coming to play in the IPL. Knee injury also requires surgery. After that he was away from the cricket field for a long time. Then he returned with a match against Bangladesh. Tom Latham is currently leading the Kiwis in his absence.