DUBAI: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said on Thursday he would be back in great shape after suffering a hamstring and elbow injury ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Williamson missed the last IPL Championship game for Sunrisers Hyderabad with a hamstring problem before joining his national team for the T20 flagship event starting on Sunday.
The Kiwis play their opener in the Super 12 phase of the 16 Nations tournament on October 26 against Pakistan and Williamson believes there is enough time to recover.
“The hamstrings are minor, they are progressing well, so not too much to worry about and we still have plenty of time,” said Williamson, 31.
“So, yeah, hopefully in the next few days or so, I’ll be doing mostly training. So it’s okay.”
Williamson’s elbow has also troubled him in recent months, with the star drummer forced out of playoffs and bilateral tournaments, including The Hundred.
“The elbow – it’s just been a little slow. Yeah, it’s pretty frustrating for a long time,” Williamson said.
“However, it definitely improved a bit in the last two months I had after the World Test Championship.
“In rehab it definitely seemed to be moving forward, which is refreshing, but there’s still a little bit of time to get back to 100 (percent), but it’s definitely better.”
Williamson, who has scored more than 15,000 international races in all three formats, said he felt some discomfort when gripping the bat and extending the elbow.
“Basically just grab and then expand,” Williamson said.
“So what you obviously do a lot (during) and that was certainly frustrating when it was at its worst. But the harder you hold onto and the more you stretch, the more it seems to be quite disruptive.”
He added: “Like I said there has been a lot of improvement over the last three months which is good … and it’s good to be able to focus a little more on cricket rather than ‘have constant negotiations with physiotherapists. “
The T20 World Cup kicks off with Oman – joint host with the United Arab Emirates – facing Papua New Guinea in a first qualifying match.
The top nations will join the event on October 23 with Australia and South Africa playing the first match of the Super 12 stage and England against the title-holding West Indies.