IPL 2019: Kane Williamson a doubtful starter, says Tom Moody

Kane Williamson suffered the shoulder injury during the second Test against Bangladesh, while he joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad on Friday.

Kane Williamson (centre) will continue to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad despite David Warner making his IPL return after missing the last season. (file photo)   -  V. Ganesan

Nursing a shoulder injury, skipper Kane Williamson will be a doubtful starter for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opening IPL 2019 fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders, coach Tom Moody said Saturday.

Williamson had suffered the injury during New Zealand’s second Test against Bangladesh but he joined the Hyderabad side along with Martin Guptill on Friday night.

“It’s not a long term injury, whether he plays, we will take a call tomorrow,” Moody said on the even of the match.

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“We have got quite a few days before our next home game. If he’s not available I don’t see any issues. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) will lead our side since he’s is our vice-captain.”

SRH plays its second match at home against Rajasthan Royals on March 29.

Williamson had guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to a runner-up finish after being appointed skipper last season following David Warner’s withdrawal due to the ball-tampering scandal.

Warner has returned to the franchise this season but Sunrisers has retained Williamson as the skipper.

“Kane is obviously the standing international captain who is admired globally on that platform and what he did with us last year, we felt that it seemed to make sense to continue that continuity,” Moody said.

“Leadership comes in many different fashions and Davey (Warner) still has a leadership role within the group. In the middle with bat in hand and around training and out in the middle when it comes to strategy from over to over. We just felt there was no need to make any change from last year.”