IND vs NZ: New Zealand’s Captain Kane Williamson will miss the third T20I against India in Napier due to his per-scheduled medical appointment. However, the Captain will rejoin the team ahead of their three-match ODI series that begins on Friday. Head Coach Gary Stead & Tim Southee would lead New Zealand’s squad in the absence of Williamson in the third T20I, while Mark Chapman would be named as a cover player.
Stead has further confirmed that Williamson’s medical appointment had nothing to do with his elbow injury, a problem with which Williamson is coping for several months. He had also missed matches for New Zealand & in the IPL because of his long-stand injury.
“Kane’s been trying to get this booked in for a while now, but unfortunately it hasn’t been able to fit into our schedule,” Stead said. “The health and well-being of our players and staff are paramount, and we look forward to seeing him in Auckland.”
IND vs NZ: Kane Williamson’s diminishing form is a major concern for Black Caps
Williamson’s poor form in the T20I format has come under scanner in recent times. Though New Zealand qualified for the semifinals in the T20 World Cup 2022, he could score just 178 runs at a poor strike rate of 116.33 in the entire marquee event. He was also reelased from his IPL franchise last week as he could score just 216 runs at a strike rate of 93.51 with SRH finishing at the eighth position in the IPL 2022. But Williamson is hopeful that there are other teams who would pick him up in the IPL 2023 mini-auction.
Coming to the ongoing IND vs NZ T20I Series, the first T20I in Wellington was washed out. However, India won the second match by a margin of 65 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Thanks to the blistering unbeaten ton by Suryakumar, India managed to outclass the dangerous New Zealand team. For Black Caps, Williamson starred with the willow by scoring 61 runs off 52 balls in the chase of 192 runs. But still, he couldn’t guide his side to victory.
The third & final T20I of the series will be played on November 22 in Napier after which the action will shift to Auckland where both the teams will begin their ODI leg on November 25. The second and third ODIs of the series will be played on November 27 & 30 in Hamilton & Christchurch.
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