New Zealand’s captain, Kane Williamson, recently posted a picture with former WWE wrestler Great Khali on his Instagram, adding a playful caption. Williamson is in India for the 2023 World Cup.
Williamson had a challenging time in India as he couldn’t play New Zealand’s first two 2023 World Cup matches due to fitness problems. He completed his recovery and made a comeback during the game against Bangladesh on October 13.
He was the captain and scored 78 runs while helping his team win comfortably. Sadly, he got hit on the thumb while running and had to leave the game due to the injury.
The scans showed that he had a broken thumb, which means he won’t be able to play for a few games. Kane Williamson will remain in India to recover and hopes to join New Zealand’s team in the later stages of the tournament.
On his official Instagram account, he posted a photo where he’s shaking hands with the Great Khali. In a light-hearted caption, Williamson joked that he fractured his thumb from the handshake with Khali. The 33-year-old cricketer wrote:
“When I really fractured my thumb. Na but seriously, that’s one strong handshake! 😂 Pleasure to meet @thegreatkhali!”
“Initial diagnosis has given us some optimism, he can still feature later”- New Zealand coach Gary Stead thoughts on Kane Williamson
New Zealand’s head coach, Gary Stead, recently shared his understanding and concern for Kane Williamson’s string of injuries in recent months. He conveyed this by stating (via blackcapsnz Instagram):
“Firstly, we’re all feeling for Kane to have this occur after all his hard work to return from his knee injury.”
”While it’s disappointing news, the initial diagnosis has given us some optimism, he can still feature later in the pool play following a period of rest and rehabilitation.”
”Kane is clearly a massive part of our side and a world class player and captain – so we’ll look to give him every opportunity we can to return in the tournament.”