The IPL 2023 Retention process was no less than a roller coaster ride for Players as franchisees made some shocking moves by releasing some of their top players from their roasters. One such major step was taken by SRH who released their star player Kane Williamson ahead of the IPL 2023 Auction. Following his release, Williamson shared a heartfelt farewell message on Instagram thanking the franchise & his team players.
He wrote, “To the franchise, my teammates, the staff & the always amazing #orangearmy- thank you for making it an enjoyable eight years. This team & the city of Hyderabad will always be special to me #orangearmy.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Kane Williamson said that it was not a surprise for him to get released by SRH as the franchise had earlier spoken to him about their decision a few days ago. He also stated that he had a good time at SRH & a lot of fond memories which he will cherish forever.
IPL 2023: What went wrong between SRH & Kane Williamson?
The SRH had named Williamson as their full-time Captain ahead of the IPL 2022 after having a fallout with David Warner ahead of IPL 2022 season. Notably, Williamson was retained by the franchise for a whopping 14 crores making him the most expensive player of the Orange Army. However, SRH had a forgetful season during IPL 2022 as they could win just six out of 14 matches. The major concern for the team was Williamson’s poor form with the bat in the IPL 2022. he was struggling with an elbow injury & could score just 216 runs in 13 innings & his strike rate of 93.50 was the lowest among the batters in IPL 2022.
In total, Williamson represented SRH for eight seasons during which he amassed 2021 runs at an average of 36.22 & a strike rate of 126.03. He Captained the Orange army in 46 matches out of the 76 he had played. It was under Williamson’s leadership that SRH finished as the runners-up in IPL 2018. That IPL season was memorable for Williamson who finished the run charts as the most prolific batter with 735 runs in his kitty at an average of 52.50 & a strike rate of 142.44.
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