Kolkata - New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was ruled out
of the second Test against India on Friday after being hit with a bug, in a
huge blow for the tourists.
The talismanic skipper failed to train on Thursday and team
management gave him as long as possible to recover, but decided early Friday he
could not play.
"Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the Black Caps
2nd Test in Kolkata with illness. Ross Taylor will captain side," they
tweeted early Friday, just a few hours before play was due to begin on the
Williamson not only provides leadership for the New
Zealanders but is their most consistent batsman, scoring 75 in a 124-run
second-wicket partnership with Tom Latham in the first Test in Kanpur.
New Zealand need a win at Eden Gardens to square the
three-match series at 1-1 after losing the Kanpur Test by 197 runs.