Captain of New Zealand and Sunrisers Hyderabad kane williamson he hopes to be fit in time to play in this year’s IPL as he spends time rehabbing after deciding not to have surgery on a long-standing elbow injury.
Although no timeframe has been set for his return to competitive cricket, the 31-year-old batsman is optimistic of recovering at some point during the cue-ball series against the Netherlands in March-April, which could precede the IPL scheduled to kick off in late June. March.
“Last season (IPL) was also an example, where I wasn’t involved initially and it was also related to the elbow. The franchise was great and supported her,” Williamson told ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
“I am optimistic that it will continue to improve. The (T20) format, in particular, is a bit friendlier to managing the load. So, we’ll wait and see, but he’s taking steps forward, which is positive.”
He said he hopes to return to action as soon as possible.
“All the talk, certainly with New Zealand cricket and the Sunrisers who are aware of this… I’ve had it (elbow injury) for a long time, so this period of time is to try and get it right. Williamson said.
“He’s making progress… there’s still quite a bit of time between now and then, or maybe between now and some of the Netherlands games. There is nothing definitive, but I am hopeful that I will return to the field as soon as possible.”
“(I spoke to) a number of different people with different thoughts and ways to get rid of it,” he said.
Williamson had come into the IPL 2021 with an elbow injury. He returned to action for the Sunrisers’ fourth game last season, against the Punjab Kings at Chepauk.
then replaced david warner as captain midway through the season after the team suffered five losses in six games.
The elbow injury flared up in the run-up to the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
He then sat out the second Test against India in Mumbai, with Tom Latham taking over as captain in his place.
Williamson subsequently missed the home Test series against Bangladesh, and will also miss the upcoming Test series against South Africa.
He expressed frustration at the long injury layoff, but noted that undergoing surgery would be a “last resort”.
“Cut it, I thought about it several times. It really has been a very frustrating time, one of the most frustrating periods of my career,” she said.
“From what I can gather and certainly from talking to professionals, it’s not promising; it’s sort of the absolute last resort and then if there’s a real requirement for rehabilitation and specific loading because it doesn’t promise…
“This (rehab) is definitely the most preferred option right now and hopefully the one that works and gets rid of it. He’s heading in the right direction.”