The incident took place in the 27th over of South Africa’s innings as Henry was three balls into his sixth over. Evidently uncomfortable, he subsequently left the field due to the injury.
Despite attempts by the New Zealand team management to strap his hamstring region, aiming to facilitate his return to bowling, the remedy did not prove effective.This injury forced Henry to step out of the game, affecting New Zealand’s bowling lineup for the remainder of the match.
The Blackcaps X (formerly Twitter) handle soon issued an update on Henry’s situation, stating that he felt a “tightness in his right hamstring” and “following further assessment he will not return to the field at this stage.”
It’s uncertain whether Henry would be available to return and bat later in the day if required, adding to the list of injured players within the Kiwi team, including Lockie Ferguson (achilles), Mark Chapman (calf), and Kane Williamson (thumb).
As a significant contributor to the New Zealand bowling attack, Henry stands as the team’s second most successful bowler in the tournament, following Mitchell Santner. He has managed to secure 11 wickets across seven matches, maintaining an average of 28.63 and an economy rate of 5.79. His best figures of three for 40 came against the Netherlands, showcasing his impact and skill in pivotal moments.
New Zealand, currently positioned third on the points table, has garnered four wins and suffered two losses from six games, striving to navigate the tournament despite the setbacks due to player injuries. Henry’s potential absence might challenge the team’s bowling depth and strategy in the matches ahead.
(With PTI inputs)