Former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) dropped a captaincy bombshell by releasing New Zealand captain Kane Williamson ahead of the upcoming mini auction for the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season on Tuesday. The Hyderabad-based franchise showed Williamson, one of the game’s best all-format batsmen, the exit door after a disastrous season with Orange Army in IPL 2022.
Under Williamson’s leadership, SRH failed to enter the playoff stage of IPL 2022 as the 2016 champions finished 8th on the points table. Williamson left the Hyderabad-based franchise after spending 8 seasons with SRH in the cash-rich league. Averaging 36.22, the former SRH captain crushed 2101 runs in the cash-rich league for the Hyderabad giants. Interestingly, the Black Caps’ talismanic hitter was not surprised by the Sunrisers’ decision on deadline day.
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Speaking ahead of New Zealand’s meeting with India in the 1st T20I, Williamson expressed his desire to participate in the 2023 edition of the IPL. “No, not really,” Williamson replied after being asked if he was reconsidering his T20 future following his departure from Hyderabad. “There are a lot of competitions around the world, and the IPL is certainly an amazing completion to be a part of. You see players play for different teams all the time. There’s a lot of choice, a lot of cricket, so for me, I love it. play all formats,” he said, quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
The ex-Hyderabad boss also revealed that he was contacted by SRH management a ‘few days’ before making the mega announcement on the deadline. “That’s the way it is, I had a very nice time at SRH, I have a lot of good memories,” Williamson said. “It was not a surprise when [retention list] was officially released,” he added. The 32-year-old has played 76 games in the cash-rich league. Williamson made his IPL debut against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at MA Chidambaram Stadium in 2015.
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