The performance of the New Zealand team in the World Cup 2023 has been excellent. He has played three matches so far in this edition and has won all three. However, the team suffered a major setback before their fourth match against Afghanistan on 18 October. Captain Kane Williamson, who recently returned from injury, is injured again. Now he has been out of the team for almost a month.
Williamson suffered a thumb injury in the match played against Bangladesh on Friday. Actually, the throw of the Bangladeshi fielder went straight to the thumb of Williams who was taking the run. After this he was seen in a lot of pain. This was also their first match in the World Cup 2023. Due to the pain caused by the injury, Williamson retired hurt and returned to the pavilion. He played an innings of 78 runs in 107 balls.
In the post-match checkup, it was revealed that he had a fracture in his thumb. New Zealand Cricket confirmed this on Saturday. Black-Caps wrote in the post- X-ray has confirmed a fracture in the thumb of Kane Williamson's left hand. He will remain in the World Cup squad with the aim of being available for the final round of pool leg matches next month. Tom Blundell will travel to India as cover for Williamson.
Coach Gary Stead is hopeful that Williamson will be fit and play for the last few matches of the round robin stage. He said that Blundell was with the team on the tour of Pakistan and Bangladesh and had performed well. He can play anywhere in the batting order. Can also do wicketkeeping. New Zealand's next match is against Afghanistan on Wednesday in Chennai.
Williamson was also injured during the IPL in March this year. Williamson broke his shoulder while playing for Gujarat Titans. After this, it took him eight months to recover. He made a comeback in this World Cup and now he is injured again.