We’re not outcome focused, says Daryl Mitchell on New Zealand’s 3-match losing streak

Written by Sumit Seth

New Zealand batter Daryl Michell said their team is not result focused following their three-match losing streak in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. New Zealand is set to take on Pakistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday, November 4.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Mitchell said New Zealand aren’t result focused and will never be. New Zealand have lost their last three matches after winning their first four in the ongoing ODI World Cup.

“You play to win games of cricket, and it’s nice to win games. But for us, it’s making sure we do what we do best. And we’re not outcome focused. We never will be. We’ll control the things that we can control. That’s what we do as Black Caps and as Kiwis and it seems to have worked for a number of years now and we’ll just keep doing what we do and we’ll see what happens,” said Mitchell.

He went on to say that the team is just focused on playing the ‘BlackCap style of cricket’. New Zealand has picked up eight points from their first seven games in the tournament.

“Look, for us, every game in this tournament is vitally important. They’re all worth two points. And for us, again, it’s just showing up and playing the BlackCap style of cricket that we want to play,” Mitchell added.

Mitchell said they won’t make the match to be bigger than what it is and focus on their process. Pakistan needs a win against New Zealand to have any chance of making it to the semi-final stage.

“I’m sure if we can control those little things and do them for long periods of time, then we’ll go a long way to getting some outcomes which we want, which will hopefully mean we’re in the mix coming into the tournament. But yeah, we won’t make it bigger than what it is. We’ll just keep doing what Kiwis do and we’ll see what happens,” said Mitchell.

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