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Kane Williamson Was Not Surprised to Hear That Sunrisers Had Decided to Release Him

Former SRH captain said management informed him of the decision “a few days ago.”

Kane Williamson claimed the morning after he was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad that he wants to continue playing in the IPL and that he will “wait and watch with the auction coming up” on December 23. When asked if other teams had contacted the New Zealand skipper, he remained tight-lipped.

Williamson, the Sunrisers captain, was one of 12 players fired by the team after they finished eighth in the IPL 2022. It left them with the greatest purse – INR 42.25 crore – for the upcoming player auction.

When asked if being released by a team he captained would make him ponder his T20 career, Williamson replied, “No, not really.” “There are many competitions around the world, and the IPL is an incredible one to be a part of. Every day, you witness players play for different teams. There are a lot of possibilities and a lot of cricket, so I enjoy playing all formats.”

Williamson stated that the Sunrisers’ management informed him of their decision “a few days ago.” “That’s how it goes, I had a great experience at SRH, I have a lot of nice memories,” he explained. “When it [the retention list] was formally revealed, it came as no surprise.”

Following a split with David Warner the previous year, the Sunrisers made Williamson their full-time captain ahead of the IPL 2022 season, and kept him for INR 14 crore, making him their most expensive player. Despite winning five straight games in the early half of the season, they only won six of 14 games.

Williamson was also in bad form with the bat in IPL 2022, scoring only 216 runs in 13 innings while nursing a severe elbow condition, and his strike rate of 93.50 was the lowest among all batters who faced at least 100 balls in the season.

Williamson played for the Sunrisers for eight seasons, totaling 2021 runs at an average of 36.22 and a strike rate of 126.03. He captained them in 46 of their 76 matches.

Their best finish under Williamson’s leadership was runner-up in the IPL in 2018. He concluded the season as the IPL’s most prolific batter, scoring 735 runs at an average of 52.50 and a strike rate of 142.44.

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