In a disappointing turn of events for the New Zealand cricket team, their captain Kane Williamson suffered a knee injury during the opening game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season while playing for the Gujarat Titans. The incident occurred when Williamson was fielding near the boundary and tried to stop a six in their match against the Chennai Super Kings. Unfortunately, Williamson landed awkwardly on his right leg and fell to the ground in agony, clutching his knee.
Williamson’s injury was immediately apparent, and he had to be helped off the field. As per the new rule brought in by the IPL this year, the Gujarat Titans were allowed to bring in an impact substitute, which meant that the 21-year-old Indian player, Sai Sudharsan, replaced Williamson during the run chase.
New Zealand’s national team coach, Gary Stead, expressed his concern about the injury and said that it is still too early to determine the severity of the damage to Williamson’s knee. The extent of the injury will determine whether Williamson can participate in the upcoming 50-over World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in India in October this year.
Williamson was making his debut for the Gujarat Titans, and his injury was a major setback for the team. However, despite the absence of their star player, the Gujarat Titans managed to win the match by five wickets with four balls to spare after Chennai posted 178-7 in 20 overs.
The New Zealand cricket team will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on Williamson’s recovery and hoping for a speedy return to the field. Nonetheless, Williamson’s injury will be a big blow for both the Gujarat Titans and the New Zealand cricket team, and only time will tell how long he will be out of action.