Williamson suffered a thumb injury on the field on his return to international cricket

 – Gudstory

Williamson suffered a thumb injury on the field on his return to international cricket – Gudstory

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Kane Williamson’s return to international cricket after being out for a long period due to a knee injury has been a mixed bag. He led New Zealand to an eight-wicket win and scored 78 in the chase against Bangladesh, but he also suffered a freak injury to his left thumb that forced him to retire in pain.

“It got a bit fat and colored straight away,” Williamson, who was wearing a glove on his left hand, told Ian Bishop at the screening event about his injured thumb, adding that was all he knew about the injury at that point.

This was in the 38th over of New Zealand’s chase of 246, which they finished with 43 balls in hand. Williamson was taking a quick single after playing Taskin Ahmed to center field to move to 78, and when the throw came and missed the stumps, it hit him on the left glove. Team medics came out immediately, and Williamson continued batting after on-field treatment, which included wrapping some bandages around his thumb and hand. But after a few balls, he chose to leave the field.

“It made holding the bat a bit difficult,” Williamson told Bishop by way of explanation about his retirement. The thumb will be examined on Saturday.

As for the condition of the knee, which has been tested in a competitive match for the first time in months – he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Indian Premier League in March – “Secondary to the thumb,” Williamson said with a laugh. “It’s great to get past that,” he added [the game] “Actually, from a knee perspective.”

Meanwhile, it was not a great day for opposition captain Shakib Al Hasan. Not only did Bangladesh lose the match, but Shakib, who scored 40 in 51 balls in Bangladesh’s 245 for 9, suffered a left quadriceps injury while batting. He finished his innings, then bowled all 10 of his overs – by the 37th over – before leaving the field.

Najm Hossain Shanto, Bangladesh’s stand-in captain in Shakib’s absence, said Shakib left for tests on his left quad.

Shakib suffered the injury while completing a run to go from 23 to 24 in the 29th over of Bangladesh’s innings, when he appeared to have stuck his leg in the ground. He had 24 off 45 balls at that point, picking up speed to reach 40 off 51 before he miscued an attempt to pull Lockie Ferguson out only to be sent off.


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