Before New Zealand’s ODI World Cup 2023 fixture against Bangladesh in Chennai, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson confirmed his participation in the match at the Chepauk Stadium on Friday, October 13.
New Zealand has notched up two victories in their first two World Cup 2023 matches, securing convincing wins over England and the Netherlands. However, Kane Williamson was absent in both of these matches as he was in the process of recovering from the ACL injury he sustained during IPL 2023. On the other hand, Bangladesh has got one win and one loss in the tournament.
Kane Williamson suffered a tear in the cruciate ligament of his right knee during the opening match of the 2023 season between Gujarat Titans and the Chennai Super Kings. As a result, he was sidelined from action. The right-handed batsman underwent knee surgery and engaged in a rigorous rehabilitation program to hasten his recovery. He made a successful return participating in both of New Zealand’s warm-up matches. In these matches, he scored an unbeaten 54 and 37 against Pakistan and South Africa, respectively, before the start of the main tournament.
In a pre match press conference, Williamson said,”Yeah (on if he will play or not). As for my recovery, it has been quite a journey but largely a good one that has had some really good progress and you know I have said a number of times, really excited to be named in the World Cup squad, be sitting here now and really excited at the prospect of tomorrow, which is another big challenge for us.”
Kane Williamson also talked about the star pacer of the team Tim Southee and said that the pacer won’t be participating in the next match.
“Well, Tim’s progressing well, but would not be playing tomorrow’s game. A new venue, new opposition, as we know, which always happens in world events. And we are looking forward to the challenge,” he said.