New Zealand have been dealt a huge blow as lynchpin Kane Williamson is set to miss this year’s ODI World Cup in India after scans revealed that he’d ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament on his right knee, which will require a surgical procedure to repair.
Williamson picked up the serious injury during the 13th over of the first innings of the IPL opener, when landed hard on his right knee after attempting a catch at the deep square leg fence. While he did manage to intercept the six, palming the ball which then trickled towards the advertising cushions, Williamson clutched his knee in agony upon the fall and was helped off the ground.
Williamson, who had represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous seasons, was roped in for his base price of INR 2 Crore by the Titans at the auction. The former New Zealand captain had only just recovered from an elbow injury which had troubled him for the past couple of years. The Titans have named Dasun Shanaka as replacement.
Injury Update | Kane Williamson will require surgery on his injured right knee, after scans on Tuesday confirmed he’d ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while fielding for the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League. More at the link https://t.co/3VZV7AcnL2 pic.twitter.com/tN0e7X8tme
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