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One must play to move the team forward - Kane Williamson

One must play to move the team forward - Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson has urged his team to play selfless cricket ahead of the T20I series against South Africa.
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New Zealand's stand-in captain, Kane Williamson, stated that as a cricketer, one must only think about contributing to the team's fortunes instead of focusing on individual records.

Williamson was appointed as captain of New Zealand for the tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa with many senior players including Brendon McCullum being rested. 

The 25-year-old said that the biggest obligation for any cricketer is to help the team move forward, shunning any selfish efforts to attain individual milestones. 

"A lot of what we talk about is playing for the right reasons.

“Playing to contribute to the team and moving the team forward, being able to remove too many selfish endeavors which can be a challenge in the game, with so many statistics around which can come into individuals mindsets.

“The biggest thing when you come into the team or the obligation to the team is to purely help the team win and move the team forward to a better place." 

Williamson reckons that the thoughts of reaching individual landmarks can be a distraction, while stating that his focus is always on fulfilling the role assigned to him.

"It is about playing for the team in any situation.

“I am a believer that sometimes results or figures that you try and reach can be a distraction to achieving it.

“My focus is contributing playing a role that I'm given and if you are able to pass milestones along the way, that’s great." 

As a captain, Williamson endured a tough defeat in the first One-Day International against Zimbabwe, but New Zealand fought back to win the remaining two ODIs claiming the series. 

Personally, Williamson had a great outing, as he was the highest run scorer in that series, hitting 187 runs from three games with two fifties under his belt. 

Williamson opined that captaincy is a different challenge as compared to batting, but is nevertheless an enjoyable task, particularly in the shortest format of the game. 

"I think captaincy is separate to batting.

“In the field, it's applying yourself more in terms of thinking, whether it's bowling changes, fielding positions, the whole lot.

“And it's an enjoyable challenge, particularly in T20 cricket where there's so much happening and things happen quickly so you need to stay on your toes.

“It's enjoyable and a challenge as well with a new-look side." 

In the 2015 World Cup, New Zealand put on a solid performance, but failed to go all the way, losing the final to Australia.

Williamson said that with the 2015 World Cup done and dusted, his team is targeting the Twenty20 World Cup, which will be played in India next year.

"It would have been nice to go all the way but still, we played the cricket we wanted to play.

“Someone had to lose in that final and it was us.

“Now the World Cup's over, that's cool, and we are still looking to improve.

“Because next year there is another major trophy to play for and New Zealand want to win as much as anyone else.” 

New Zealand will be taking on South Africa in a tour comprising of two Twenty20 Internationals and 3 ODIs.

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