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Sunrisers Hyderabad discharge Kane Williamson in front of IPL 2023 sale

Sunrisers Hyderabad have released Kane Williamson, their captain and most expensive player during the 2022 IPL campaign. The New Zealand captain spent eight years at the franchise, scoring 2101 runs at an average of 36.22 and a strike rate of 126.03. He played 76 matches for Sunrisers and captained them 46 times.

The Sunrisers had named Williamson their full-time captain ahead of the IPL 2022 season, following a fallout with David Warner the previous year, and retained him for INR 14 crore, making him their most expensive player. However, they won only six out of 14 games despite winning five in a row in the first half of the season.

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Letting go of Williamson will free up

A significant chunk of Sunrisers’ purse ahead of the 2023 auction as they look to rebuild after a disappointing 2022 campaign where they finished eighth on the points table on the 10-team table with only six wins in 14 games. ESPNcricinfo has learned that Sunrirsers will keep their options open about buying back Williamson at the auction.

Williamson was one of three players retained by the franchise ahead of the 2022 auction:

Sunrisers spent INR 14 crore – the highest price paid to retain an overseas player in the IPL – to keep hold of him, and INR 4 crore each to retain Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. Sunrisers’ move to make Williamson their first retained player was a contentious one.

It meant the franchise let go of the Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan, who it is learned wanted to be the first retention pick having been a serial match-winner for them. But Sunrisers prized Williamson’s skills as top-order anchor and captain.

Always our Kane Mama! #SunRisersHyderabad #OrangeArmy

— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) November 15, 2022

Williamson was also in poor form with the bat in IPL 2022:

Nursing a troublesome elbow condition, he scored just 216 runs in 13 innings and his strike rate of 93.50 was the lowest among all batters to have faced at least 100 balls in the season. In all, Williamson represented Sunrisers for eight seasons, during which he made 2021 runs at an average of 36.22 and strike rate of 126.03. He captained them in 46 of the 76 matches he played.

Kane Williamson sheds light on his T20 future

On being asked if being released by SRH would make him reconsider his future in the shortest format of the game, Williamson said, ‘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 are a lot of options, a lot of cricket, so for me, I love playing all formats’. The New Zealand stalwart joined SRH in 2015 and was one of the main guys for the team since then. He scored a total of 2101 runs at an average of 36 after representing the team in 76 games.

Under his leadership, Sunrisers reached the finals of the tournament in 2018, as Warner was banned due to the sand-paper gate saga. Interestingly, SRH released several other players and are headed into the mini-auction with a maximum purse value of INR 42.25.

“Sunrisers Hyderabad and the city of Hyderabad will always be very special to me” : Kane Williamson #NZvINDonPrime #NZvIND #IPL2023

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In the absence of David Warner

Who was serving a one-year ban imposed by Cricket Australia for his role in the Newlands ball-tampering episode – Williamson had led Sunrisers to the IPL final in 2018, a season when he finished as the IPL’s most prolific batter with 735 runs at an average of 52.50 and a strike rate of 142.44. When Sunrisers’ long relationship with Warner soured midway through the 2021 season, they made Williamson their full-time captain.

As things turned out, the 2022 season was a struggle for Williamson with the bat. Nursing a troublesome elbow condition, he scored 216 runs in 13 innings at an average of 19.63 and a strike rate of 93.50. Of all batters who faced at least 100 balls in the tournament, his strike rate was the worst. His performance had a bearing on Sunrisers’ overall season as well.

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