NZ captain Williamson set to overlook World Cup after knee damage

WELLINGTON: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson seems to be set to overlook the one-day World Cup in India later this 12 months after rupturing a knee ligament, it was introduced Thursday.

The star batsman wants surgical procedure after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his proper knee whereas fielding for Gujarat Titans within the Indian Premier League, New Zealand Cricket say.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead mentioned it was “unlikely” the 32-year-old can be able to play within the ODI World Cup, which begins in October.

Williamson’s absence can be a serious blow for the Black Caps, who’ve by no means gained the World Cup however completed runners-up previously two tournaments.

“Naturally it’s disappointing to get such an damage, however my focus now’s on having the surgical procedure and beginning rehab,” Williamson mentioned in a press release.

“It’s going to take a while however I’ll be doing the whole lot I can to get again on the sphere as quickly as potential.”

Williamson jarred his knee trying a catch within the opening recreation of the IPL final Friday, hobbling off the sphere with the assistance of two physios.

The New Zealander is one in all cricket’s premier batsmen.

New Zealand’s Williamson dominated out of IPL after knee damage

He performed an important function as they clawed their manner into the ultimate of the 2019 World Cup, the place Williamson was judged participant of the match.

New Zealand fell agonisingly quick – dropping to England on a boundary countback in a nail-biting Tremendous Over after a draw within the ultimate.

Williamson stood down as New Zealand’s Take a look at captain in December however continues to be the skipper of the ODI and Twenty20 squads.