New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has provided an update on his hamstring injury a few days ahead of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which begins on October 17 in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
Kane Williamson missed the last league match of his Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in which Manish Pandey captained the side. Williamson had taken over the captaincy of the Hyderabad-based franchise midway into the Indian leg of the tournament after David Warner was dropped as the leader and also from the playing XI.
Still, Williamson was unable to change the fortunes of the side as they finished at the bottom of the IPL 2021 points table. However, his injury was one of the concerns for Black Caps coach Gary Stead, who had expressed confidence about his availability, Williamson also struck a note of optimism. Now Williamson himself has given an update on his injury.
“Minor, (it’s) okay, progressing well. So, there are no complaints,” he responded to a query during a conference call with media arranged by the ICC.
Kane Williamson Not Worried About The Under-Dog Tags In The T20 World Cup 2021
New Zealand, who have won the inaugural ICC World Test championship, have always entered ICC events with the under-dogs tag, but for Williamson, it doesn’t matter. New Zealand is placed in Group 2 of the Super 12s round in the T20 World Cup along with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and two of the qualifiers from the first round of matches.
“I mean the tags are tags. Everybody has different ones, so it is fine. There are match-winners throughout and anyone can beat anyone on the day, so it is a pretty exciting prospect for the viewers, no doubt,” he said.
“It is a pretty short tournament, so you want to hit the ground running and try and get a bit of momentum early. In these sort of events, when you play different opposition, every sort of three days at a different venue, there are some adjustments to make quite quickly. It is great to be here to join up with the New Zealand team and lot of exciting about the group and getting involved,” Williamson added.
New Zealand to play Pakistan in their tournament opener on October 26 in Sharjah.