While fielding for Gujarat Titans in the opening match of the TATA IPL 2023, Kane Williamson ruptured his ACL and underwent surgery in April. The Kiwi batter who has scored 6555 runs in 161 ODIs with an average of 47.85 said, any training he was doing was “elementary” as he looked to come back in the nets ahead of the World Cup.
“Probably more for sanity and changing things up… just nice to mix up all the gym work and the physio work and rehab specific stuff to spend a bit of time with some of the other guys that are training,” he said. “Super keen to get back in the nets, for sure.”
Williamson’s presence in the playing XI is of vital importance for the Black Caps, as his batting performances helped them reach the final of the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cup. However, in the last World Cup edition New Zealand lost to the hosts in a dramatic final due to the boundary-count rule.
While talking about his rehabilitation progress Williamson, said ensuring the knee recovery is his uppermost priority ahead of getting back on the pitch at the upcoming World Cup in India. He even mentioned that his current training regime is fundamental and is not looking to rush the process. However, he is positive about making his comeback sooner than estimated.
“Very much just trying to keep it week-to-week at the moment, he said on Monday. “I haven’t had such a long-term injury before but talking to other people that have, the journey is a bit of a long one so if you look too far ahead it probably can become a little bit daunting”
“Whereas, one week at a time, ticking off those small markers, those little wins that are nice to experience. But also knowing that the journey won’t be completely smooth and you have a few setbacks along the way that you have to navigate.”