New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that playing together as a collective is the reseason for their success in recent ICC events. While big teams like India have had a rather forgettable campaign in ICC events, the Kiwis have done quite well on a consistent basis. And, Williamson stated that they believe in the process irrespective of the results as well.
Speaking to the Economic Times, Kane Williamson said: “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.”
He further added: “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.”
Notably, they were the finalists in the 2015 and 2019 World Cup where they lost to Australia and England respectively. However, they won the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, beating India earlier this year. They reached the final of the ICC T20 World Cup, where they lost to Australia.
Kane Williamson is also known for his calm and composed demeanour. He is often compared to former Indian captain MS Dhoni for this nature. While speaking on this, he stated that it is important to give others a sense of calm as a leader. However, he didn’t take part in the three-match T20I series against India. He will be in action in the two-match Test series which will be their first assignment in the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship as well.
“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,” Kane Williamson concluded.