Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes that surgery is the only option for Kane Williamson, who is suffering from an elbow ailment. The batter missed multiple critical games for both his country and his Indian Premier League (IPL) side, Sunrisers Hyderabad, because of this ailment. At the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Williamson did not play in the second and final Test match against India. His ongoing elbow ailment forced him to withdraw from the game, with Tom Latham taking over as captain for the Mumbai Test. Williamson, on the other hand, had struggled in training ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

After that, he was unable to participate in the three-match T20I series against India. The loss of the swashbuckling batter was felt by the visitors, who were defeated by a large margin in the second Test match. As a result, Hesson claimed that things have progressed to the point where Williamson will need surgery to return fully fit. “I believe it has reached the stage where surgery is unavoidable… Kane, I’m sure, will be the most irritated of all. He’s given it a lot of rest and it still hasn’t recovered; he’s been missing cricket for the past 18 months. He had a hip problem at first, but the elbow has been bothering him for a long time. Mike Hesson told SENZ’s Mornings with former Kiwi cricketer Ian Smith, I believe he’s got to pick a window, bite the bullet, get the procedure done, and then hopefully come back totally healthy.”

In response to New Zealand’s humiliating loss to India in the Mumbai Test, Hesson believes the batting unit failed to apply enough pressure, putting the squad in trouble. “With the ball, we just couldn’t control the run pace in the first innings. We were awful, without a doubt; we lacked a defensive option and were unable to apply any pressure from the batting tee. As a result, we’re in a fairly hazardous position,” he explained.