Kane Williamson, recovering from a knee injury, surprises by earning a spot in New Zealand’s World Cup squad. His progress in rehab secured the place, but his actual playing status remains uncertain.
In a surprising turn of events, Kane Williamson is set to be included in New Zealand’s 15-man World Cup squad, despite his ongoing recovery from knee surgery for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that Williamson’s progress in rehab has been significant enough to warrant his inclusion in the squad for the upcoming tournament, scheduled to commence in October.
Currently, Kane Williamson is with the New Zealand limited-overs squad in England, where he continues his rehabilitation efforts. Just a few weeks ago, New Zealand coach Gary Stead had stated that Williamson had a two-week window to demonstrate his fitness for the World Cup, and it seems he has met the criteria to secure his spot in the squad, at least for now.
However, the question of whether Williamson will be able to play remains uncertain. The player himself remains cautious, stating, “Being selected doesn’t change that, and I know there’s still work to do and day by day goals to tick off to get back on the field with the team.”
The rest of New Zealand’s 15-man squad will be unveiled in Auckland on September 11. Coach Gary Stead, while optimistic about Williamson’s progress, was cautious about his availability for the World Cup opener against England on October 5 in Ahmedabad. He praised Williamson’s dedication to rehabilitation and the support he has received but emphasized the importance of monitoring his recovery closely, given the tournament’s extended duration.
Kane Williamson sustained his knee injury on March 31 during an IPL match while fielding for Gujarat Titans. Despite a valiant attempt to prevent a six, he landed awkwardly on his right leg and had to be immediately taken off the field. Following surgery in June, he has been on a determined path to regain his fitness and return to the cricketing world.