Williamson still wants the World Cup 2023

Kane Williamson is taking his recovery from a right knee injury “week-to-week” and hopes to participate in the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Williamson, who damaged his ACL while fielding for Gujarat Titans against Chennai Super Kings in the opening game of IPL 2023 on March 31 and underwent surgery in early April, said he prioritized knee recovery.

“Very much just trying to keep it week-to-week at the moment,” Williamson said Monday. “I’ve never had such a long-term injury, but talking to those who have, the trip is a bit of a lengthy one so if you look too far ahead, it definitely may get a little bit intimidating.

Williamson still pursuing World Cup glory

One week at a time, checking off those minor landmarks, those little successes that are pleasant to experience. But also understanding that the path won’t be perfectly easy and you’ll encounter some difficulties.”

Williamson was crucial to New Zealand’s ODI World Cup final appearances in 2015 and 2019. They lost to Australia in 2015 and England in 2019 in thrilling Super Overs.

Williamson, 32, who has scored 6554 ODI runs at 47.83, said his training was “elementary” and he looked forward to getting back in the nets.

“Probably more for sanity and changing things up… just nice to mix up all the gym work, physio work, and rehab specific stuff to spend a bit of time with some of the other guys that are training,” he added. “Excited to return to the nets.”

India hosts the World Cup in October and November.

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