Williamson is already in the running phase and cautiously optimistic about attending the World Cup

Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand’s cricket team, is cautiously hopeful about recovering in time for the ODI World Cup set to take place in India from October to November this year.

Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand’s cricket team, is cautiously hopeful about recovering in time for the ODI World Cup set to take place in India from October to November this year.

Williamson, who is in the process of healing from a knee injury, shared some encouraging news with New Zealand supporters. He revealed that his recovery progress is exceeding expectations and is on track for possible selection in the World Cup squad, which will be announced next month.

Speaking before a practice session with fellow Black Caps at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Williamson stated, “If the knee is at a stage where that can be a reality, that’s great, but it very much is about getting it right and making sure it is ready to go when that time comes – whenever that time is.”

He acknowledged the ups and downs of the recovery process, emphasizing the importance of focusing on the present and the hard work that lies ahead. Williamson’s optimistic sentiment was echoed by New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead, who recently mentioned that Williamson could be considered for selection even if he misses the initial group matches.

Williamson expressed his openness to this idea, saying, “To potentially have that opportunity and use all those sorts of different, I suppose, scenarios to try and make that happen would be great.”

Despite not being named in the Black Caps’ squad for the upcoming ODI series in England, Williamson is determined to continue his rehabilitation by training with the team while in England. He believes that the ODIs against Bangladesh before the World Cup might be too early for his return, but he remains motivated to prepare for the World Cup.

Williamson, who earned the title of player of the tournament in the previous World Cup, where New Zealand narrowly lost the final to England, admitted that his goal of being ready for the World Cup remains challenging but motivating.

Currently, in the running phase of his recovery, Williamson is gradually progressing through net sessions, transitioning from batting against “throwdowns” to facing bowlers. He expressed hope that he’s not too far away from resuming full practice.

As the cricket community eagerly anticipates Williamson’s recovery and potential return, his dedication and determination are a testament to his commitment to the sport and his team’s success.

-IANS

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