Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. (Photo: Twitter)

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson believes that the reason behind his team’s success in recent times is the unity and the willingness among the players to play for each other and towards one common goal.

The Kiwis have been consistent in all three formats of the game. They were the finalists in the previous ODI World Cup (2019) and the T20 World Cup (2021). They also hold the World Test Championship (WTC) title, having defeated favourites, India, in the final last June.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand
Kane Williamson’s New Zealand lost the 2019 World Cup final via boundary count.

Speaking about the mantra, Williamson believes that each player carries his own weight and there are no ‘superstars’ on whom the team is completely reliant.

Look, I can’t compare to any other teams and we are very much focused on our group and our people. But we are fully aware the talent on other sides is huge and all other teams.

“I suppose that’s one of our challenges, we really put a lot of effort into playing for each other and as a team. And as you mentioned, we don’t have the superstars and we can try as hard as we can to find them somewhere but we’ve got a lot of really willing, really talented players.

New Zealand Team
New Zealand Team (Credits: Twitter)

Every team, you know, every team has that and every team goes through transitional players and transitional support staff and you have all these things that continue to happen.

And our group, we are no different in that respect but we do put a lot of effort into working at things as a collective and giving to each other as much as we can and go out there and enjoy what we do.

“And I’d like to think that the players on this side do take, you know, a lot of pleasure in being a part of the group and being a part of trying to achieve something collectively,” Williamson said on the show, ‘Backstage with Boria’.

“It’s nice when things go your way but the large picture still exists” – Kane Williamson

Additionally, Williamson stated that the team is still hungry for more and is not satisfied with just the WTC title. They have come close to major ICC trophies but have faltered at the final step. Their passion and hunger for the game continue to stay alive, irrespective of the trophies they win.

Kane Williamson
New Zealand with the ICC WTC Mace [Image- Getty]
It’s nice when things go your way and you get some fruits. It was nice to win the Test Championship and make a few finals but the goal and the challenge and the large picture still exists and there’s still a lot of energy.

“The day something stops, the day something starts, you know, it just continues. The team loves playing and representing their country and it’s a special thing to be a part of,” Williamson added.

Williamson has been out injured since November last year due to his persistent elbow injury. He will likely make a comeback against the Netherlands in an ODI series.

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