Cricket-New Zealand loses Williamson, India also suffers injuries


India and New Zealand both received heavy blows ahead of the start of the second and final test at Wankhede Stadium on Friday, with the touring team losing captain Kane Williamson to an elbow problem. The hosts lost Ajinkya Rahane, who led the team at Kanpur in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, versatile Ravindra Jadeja and quick pitcher Ishant Sharma.

“Ajinkya Rahane suffered a slight strain in his left hamstring during the line-up on the last day of the first test match in Kanpur,” the Indian Cricket Council (BCCI) said in a statement. Ishant dislocated her left little finger while Jadeja injured her right forearm in Kanpur, BCCI added.

Kohli will return to direct the hosts. New Zealand will be led by first hitter Tom Latham after Williamson was forced to sit down with a left elbow injury that troubled him for much of 2021.

“It has been a very difficult time for Kane to deal with such a persistent injury,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said. “While we have been able to handle the injury throughout the year and the T20 World Cup, the move to trial cricket and the increased batting load made his elbow worse.”

Stead said Williamson would need an “extended period of rest followed by rehabilitation, strengthening and progressive batting.” The start of the game was delayed due to a wet outfield after Mumbai received unusual rains over the past two days, forcing players to skip outdoor practice before the game.

While the sun was there, there were still wet spots on the outfield, causing the print to be delayed. BCCI said the draw will take place at 11:30 am local time (06:00 GMT) and play will start 30 minutes later, eliminating the first session of the match.

The opening test ended in a thrilling draw, with the last pair of New Zealand hitters hanging on in the final session to prevent the hosts from securing the victory.

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