IND vs NZ: Why is Kane Williamson not playing today’s 2023 World Cup match?

Published on: Oct 22, 2023 6:18 am IST|Updated on: Oct 21, 2023 4:26 pm IST

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Kane Williamson, the talismanic captain of the New Zealand cricket team, is notably absent from today’s 2023 World Cup match due to an unfortunate injury.

Why is Kane Williamson not playing today’s 2023 World Cup match?

Kane Williamson fractured his finger while completing a run against Bangladesh, a setback that forced him to retire hurt on a valiant 78 in what was supposed to be his comeback game post an ACL surgery in his right knee.

The injury, which occurred while attempting a run, has sidelined Williamson from the ongoing match. His absence is a significant blow to New Zealand, as his leadership and exceptional batting skills are crucial for the team’s success in the World Cup.

Furthermore, it’s worth noting that Kane Williamson has been nursing a thumb injury, and his recovery from this ailment is a day-by-day process. The team management, along with Williamson himself, is keen to ensure he returns to full fitness, and there is hope that he will be available for later matches in the tournament.

The team’s vice-captain, Tom Latham, confirmed that Williamson is still in the recovery process, and the team is closely monitoring his condition. While he is unavailable for today’s match, the team remains optimistic about his potential return in the latter stages of the tournament.

“Kane’s obviously still nursing his thumb injury. It’s a day-by-day process with him as well. Fingers crossed he’ll be available for later on in the tournament. And in regards to Tim, he’s available for selection,” said Latham in the pre-match press conference.

New Zealand Squad

Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(w/c), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham

IND vs NZ Match Details

India vs New Zealand, 21st Match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Start Time: 22 Oct at 2:00 PM IST

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