Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand
Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand
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Kane Williamson Injured
New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the 2nd Test against England due to an elbow injury. New Zealand Cricket Board has officially confirmed his absence and said – It’s not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it’s the right one. He’s had an injection in his elbow to relieve the irritation he’s been experiencing when he bats and a period of rest and rehabilitation will help maximize his recovery.”
IPL: 8 Times Captains Were Changed Mid-Season
IPL is unarguably the best T20 league in the world. The tournament demands professionalism to the core. Franchises resort to desperate measures when things don’t go their way. They change captains muddle with combinations. IPL 2021 witnessed this too. We look at the tournament history and list down instances when captains were changed mid-season.
RCB appointed Kevin Pietersen as captain ahead of IPL 2009. But he failed to win games for RCB. $1.5 million signing couldn’t do the job for Bangalore. Anil Kumble took over the reins mid-season in 2009. He then led RCB to finals and also managed to take them to the semi-finals in 2010.
MI appointed Ricky Ponting as captain ahead of IPL 2013. The move generated a lot of buzz. But Ponting couldn’t fire and lift the side. He stepped down from captaincy mid-season. MI handed over the responsibility to a young Rohit Sharma. The rest as they say is history.
SRH had appointed Shikhar Dhawan as captain in IPL 2014. He failed to inspire the side and was replaced mid-season. Darren Sammy took over the responsibilities but couldn’t create magic with this captaincy.
Steve Smith-led RR in Shane Watson’s absence for the first five games in IPL 2015. He led the side to 5 consecutive wins. But once Watson returned he resumed his captaincy duties. RR though faltered under Watson’s leadership and he later stepped down paving way for Smith to take over.
Delhi Capitals had appointed Gautam Gambhir as captain in 2018. But the two-time IPL winning captain failed to inspire the Delhi side. He stepped down midway and handed over captaincy duties to Shreyas Iyer.
Steve Smith was debarred from captaincy in 2018 and Ajinkya Rahane captained RR in his absence. But RR failed to deliver under Rahane and the mantle was again passed over to Smith.
Dinesh Karthik surprisingly handed over the captaincy duties mid-season last IPL. KKR weren’t really struggling under Karthik’s leadership and hence the move caught everyone by surprise. KKR appointed World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan as their new leader.
The one decision that shook IPL this season was the axing of David Warner as SRH’s captain. SRH managed just 1 single win in 6 games under Warner. Add to this was Warner’s press conference where he openly disagreed with the think tank. This move probably cost Warner badly. The most consistent batsmen of the league, the best batsman of the team, the captain who won them the solo title was axed unceremoniously. Kane Williamson was made SRH’s captain.
IPL can be a cruel place if things don’t go your way. These moves are a testimony to that fact.
Kane Williamson Is Our Banker: Warner
Soon after his side clinched victory in the IPL 2020 Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore, David Warner, the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, was in a joyful mood. With happy hoots moments after the victory, he went on to welcome Man of the Match Kane Williamson, referring to him as the ‘banker’ of the squad. The cool and measured assault of Williamson yielded an unbeaten 50 out of 44 deliveries, leading SRH through to a challenging stage in the chase that went down to the final over.
‘There’s A Little Bit Of Apprehension’-Kane Williamson Ahead Of IPL 2020
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has admitted that there is a “little bit of anxiety” as he sets out to leave for the UAE to play in the Indian Premier League, starting on September 19 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thirteen members of the Chennai Super Kings team, including two players, tested positive for the virus, have added to his worries as he prepares for his stay with Sunrisers Hyderabad. He ‘s heading out on Thursday. “That’s part of why they’ve made every team stay at a separate hotel,” Williamson told the leading sports website.
Kane Williamson looks forward to IPL as he eases back into training
The skipper of New Zealand and Surisers Hyderabad batsman, Kane Williamson is waiting to get more information about the most awaiting tournament IPL to come his way, saying “It would be fantastic to play in IPL, the league in UAE, but before taking any ultimate decisions, there is need of a lot of planning as well as organizing”. In a training session in New Zealand, he said “By all means, IPL is an incredible tournament and attracts a lot of audiences.
IPL Is A Learning Platform
Kiwi’s captain and the former skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad Kane Williamson said that playing in the IPL was a learning experience for him. He has shared his opinion on a Youtube channel speaking to Ravichandran Ashwin. Williamson said – “The initial interest was obviously watching the IPL and seeing how big it was. It is the biggest domestic competition, T20 cricket being relatively new, and what I saw was an opportunity to get experience and learn. For us seeing the passion for cricket in India is an amazing thing. It is a brilliant competition and maintains a high standard”