New Zealand cricket team white-ball format captain Kane Williamson is currently on the road to recovery after sustaining a serious knee injury during the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Williamson got himself injured in the league opener when he was making his debut for Gujarat Titans (GT) against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old right-hander who last appeared in a Test match in March 2023 against Sri Lanka, has become the no. 1 Test batter in the world. Many fans were surprised after seeing the rankings as Williamson has been away from the cricket field for a long time now. However, poor performance from other batters helped him to climb the rankings.
Former England captain Joe Root was the no. 1 batter in the longest format but his embarrassing performance in the 2nd Ashes 2023 Test made him lose the no. 1 spot and slipped down to the 5th position. Australia’s vice-captain Steve Smith made a massive jump and acquired the 2nd spot with a brilliant century in the 2nd Ashes Test.
Williamson’s brilliant records in Test cricket
Coming back to Williamson, he is one of the greatest Test batters in the modern era. He has played 94 matches in the longest format so far and scored 8124 runs at an impressive average of 54.89 which included 33 half-centuries and 28 centuries. He also has 6 double hundreds under his belt while his highest score is 251* which came against West Indies in 2020.
Meanwhile, Williamson recently talked about his recovery and said that he is improving weekly but won’t rush to the cricket field as it can make his injury more serious. He also revealed that this is the first time he had a long-term injury.
“I’m just trying to keep it week-to-week at the moment. I’m making progress, but I’m not putting a timeline on anything. I haven’t had such a long-term injury before but talking to other people that have, the journey is a bit of a long one so if you look too far ahead it can probably become a little bit daunting.” Williamson was quoted as saying by India Today.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Kya faltu ranking hai, ghar pe jakhmi betha hua ekdum se number one ho gaya…
— arpit (@sunnyarpit_2k) July 5, 2023
Chicken dinner with zero kills
— jon snow (@bethefunbro) July 5, 2023
If kuch na krke No. 1 banna had a face 😂
— Tanmay (@Tanmay2118) July 5, 2023
But he missed most of the matches
— Amitabh Sirsat (@AmitabhSirsat3) July 5, 2023
Kuch na karke bhi kuch kro eat 5 star 🤣🤣
— Aman Grewal (@Grewalaman7555) July 5, 2023
Bina khele no.1 bane ka ghamand hai kane bhai ko
— ThakurSahab👑 (@ThakurAPSChauha) July 5, 2023
Ghar baithe baithe? 😂
— vishal ghandat (@VishalGhandat) July 5, 2023
Playing with kid at home counts??😭
— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets___) July 5, 2023