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3 reasons why Kane Williamson's absence will be a big blow for GT in IPL 2023 2

Kane Williamson’s knee injury sustained in the Indian Premier League (IPL) curtain-raiser between the Gujarat Titans and the Chennai Super Kings is likely to prevent him from playing the remainder of this season. This is a major setback for the Gujarat Titans.

Williamson was playing at the deep square leg boundary when he was hurt, and the pictures that emerged did not show much hope. He got up off the ground right away, and Sai Sudharsan, an impact player, ultimately took his place.

Although an official update is still pending, it appears probable that Williamson will miss the remainder of the tournament. Gujarat Titans will have to think about a substitute for the Kiwis in the coming days if he is indeed ruled out.

On that point, let’s take a look at three reasons why Kane Williamson’s absence from GT in IPL 2023 will be a major setback.

#1 Experience

Over the past few years, Kane Williamson has excelled in all game forms and is a seasoned campaigner.

Williamson, 32, has participated in nearly 250 T20 matches and amassed more than 6000 runs during that time. He has a respectable T20 average of 31.67 and a commendable hit rate of 122.66.

Williamson’s expertise is something that cannot be replaced, so the Titans will suffer greatly without him.

#2 Kane Williamson offers solidity in the batting unit

As a batter, Kane Williamson gives the captain and leadership of any team he plays for a lot of stability and confidence.

It will be challenging for the Titans to find a capable substitute for the New Zealand batter because there are so few other batters who fit his mould.

Williamson also possesses an uncommon quality known as a cool head, which helps him remain unperplexed in trying circumstances.

#3 Alters the team’s plans

Kane Williamson was hired by Gujarat at the IPL 2023 mini-auction back in December, and at the time, it appeared like he would be the one to lead the squad in contests when the scores would be on the lower side.

Given that Williamson is injured right now, they may need to change their playing lineup to better serve the squad. The Blackcaps batter’s No. 3 offering is difficult to match with many other possibilities.

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