Kane Williamson (left) is New Zealand captain in absence of rested Brendon McCullum (right) © Getty Images
Kane Williamson (left) is New Zealand captain in absence of rested Brendon McCullum (right) © Getty Images

Speaking after unveiling the Twenty 20 International (T20I) trophy of the series against South Africa, New Zealand stand-in skipper Kane Williamson asserted that the ultimate obligation for every player in the Black Caps side is primarily towards the team rather than individual. “The culture that we have set ourselves and on which we are constantly trying to improve on is to play for the team in any situation,” Williamson said. Williamson went on to explain the reason why he doesn’t like to focus on personal records. PHOTO: Faf du Plessis, Kane Williamson pose with trophy as South Africa vs New Zealand T20I series set to get underway

“When it’s (personal) results or figures you are trying to reach, it can be a distraction to perhaps achieving it so, that’s not my focus. My focus is contributing in the capacity of the role that I’m given and if you’re able to succeed or pass milestones along the way that is great but it’s not something I look very closely at,” Williamson told Black Caps. PHOTO: Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson and other New Zealand players in their school cricket days

“Asked about the spirit the series will be played in Williamson said, “at the end of the day when cricket is over, you are people and that’s most important. I’m certainly speaking on behalf of the New Zealand side but you can see that that is the case with the South African side as well. On the field you play as hard as you can and everyone wants to win but once it’s over, it’s over and you can get on with it. That’s the beauty of sport and playing it in the right way,” Williamson concluded