New Zealand’s ODI Captain, Kane Williamson, recently shared a video on Instagram, providing a positive update on his recovery progress. The 32-year-old cricketer has been battling to regain full fitness after undergoing surgery for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, an injury he sustained during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.
In the short video, Williamson can be seen facing throwdowns during a practice session in the nets, as he works on finding his batting rhythm. His return to the nets is a promising sign for the Black Caps, especially with the ODI World Cup in India on the horizon. New Zealand’s ODI World Cup campaign is scheduled to kick off with a match against the defending champions, England, in the tournament’s opener on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In his Instagram post, Williamson expressed his delight to be back in the nets, holding the bat in hand and facing deliveries. The caption read, “Nice to be back in the nets with the bat in hand for a few throws.”
The injury has kept Williamson out of action for more than four months, forcing him to miss crucial matches, including the latter stages of the IPL. The incident occurred during a match between his new IPL franchise, Gujarat Titans, and Chennai Super Kings. While attempting to save a boundary, Williamson landed awkwardly on his right leg, leading to the unfortunate ACL injury.
Following the injury, there were concerns about whether Williamson would be fit in time for the ODI World Cup. However, his recent progress and determination to regain fitness have raised hopes among his teammates and fans.
Williamson underwent surgery in April, and since then, he has been diligently working towards a full recovery. His return to the nets marks a significant step in his rehabilitation journey, and the New Zealand cricket fraternity will be eagerly monitoring his progress as the tournament draws near.