Kane Williamson has been disappointing in the T20 format for a while now. Ahead of IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions, Sunrisers Hyderabad opted to build the squad around the Kiwi by retaining him at INR 14 Crores. However, the player did not perform well and his poor touch affected the balance of the squad. Now, as per reports, he is set to be released by the franchise. While he may not receive bids based on his current form, Kane is a class player and has done well in the past. There would be some franchises that could be interested in his services. On that note, here, we take a look at three teams that can target Kane Williamson in the upcoming IPL 2023 Mini Auctions in December.
1) Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals employed Mitchell Marsh at No.3 in IPL 2022. However, the player did not fulfil expectations. It would not be a surprise if the team releases him before the auctions. DC has the likes of Sarfaraz Khan and Yash Dhull who could take up this role.
However, Kane Williamson at No.3 for a Top 4 comprising David Warner, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant would be a great strategy. This would allow the others to be at their aggressive best. The Warner-Kane duo would be reunited which would further add strength to the team.
2) Chennai Super Kings
Kane Williamson could be released by Sunrisers Hyderabad. (Reported by Cricbuzz).
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 9, 2022
It has been a long wish of the CSK fans to see Kane Williamson in yellow. This time around, there is a strong possibility of that happening. For that, though, the franchise will have to take some bold calls.
Both Devon Conway and Kane Williamson cannot be a part of the same squad. If Kane is in the XI, he should play at No.3 so that there is an aggressive opening partner for Ruturaj Gaikwad. It also makes sense for CSK to purchase Kane, considering MS Dhoni’s era might come to an end soon.
3) Kolkata Knight Riders
If Alex Hales is not available again, the franchise could go with Kane. His intent has to be fixed or otherwise, it would become a similar scenario to that of Ajinkya Rahane. Hence, the franchise must be careful before making a decision.