Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. (Photo: Twitter)

New Zealand National Cricket Team skipper Kane Williamson has admitted that The Black Caps doesn’t have superstars in the team. However, he believes that they have a strong collective unit.

New Zealand have been one of the most consistent teams in world cricket in the last few years. Especially in the ICC events they have exceeded the expectations and have delivered an outstanding performance.

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Kane Williamson. Photo-Getty
Kane Williamson. Photo-Getty

New Zealand reached the final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2015 and 2019. However, they lost to Australia and England. They were the finalists of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) where they became inaugural champions by defeating India and recently they made it to the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and lost to Aaron Finch-led Australia.

You Are Playing A Team Sport You Need To Move As A Collective And That’s Been Our Core Strength – Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson and Gary Stead
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and head coach Gary Stead. Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, Kane Williamson was asked about New Zealand’s key to success in the big ICC events to which he replied by saying that they operate as a team and do things collectively and that has been the core strength of the team.

Each team has its own style of functioning. When it comes to the New Zealand team, you are right in saying there are no superstars. But what we have is a very strong collective.

“We operate as a team and do things as a collective. When you are playing a team sport you need to move as a collective and that’s been our core strength,” speaking to the Economic Times, Kane Williamson said:

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Kane Williamson added that the team doesn’t always win like it happened in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 final but it doesn’t mean they will stop working as a collective unit. He said:

Some days results might not go your way. Take the T20 World Cup final. Australia were a better team on the night but it does not mean we will stop working as a collective, cohesive unit. You must believe in certain processes and keep following them. That’s what we do in our team.”

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Credits: Twitter

The Kiwi skipper further added that every player feels pressure during high-profile games and it is a natural thing. However, he believes that it’s the captain’s responsibility to assure his teammates that the game is in control.

Each person feels the pressure. It is only natural that you do. But when you are the leader, it is important you give the impression to your teammates that you are in control. If they see you calm it helps to a degree.

“If a bowler isn’t bowling at his best, it is my job as captain to have a silent word and give him the confidence and support. If I get flustered and show anxiety, it can rub off on him and that’s not good for the team,” talking about the importance of being a calm captain Kane Williamson said.

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