Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, has become one of the most disliked personalities on social media, thanks to his constant digs on the Indian team and players. He was at it again on Friday.
The 46-year old has now opined that the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is behind Virat Kohli only because he is not an Indian. Here is is to be noted that Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson are part of the fab four alongside Steve Smith and Joe Root, with Babar Azam rapidly getting up there.
Both Indian captain and New Zealand captain have earned huge respect in the recent years for scoring tons of runs across the formats over the years and being the heart of their respective batting line-ups.
The duo would now face each other on the 18th of June in the most-awaited ICC World Test Championship’s final set to take place in Southampton.
The former England captain said that if Kane Williamson was an Indian, he would be the greatest in the world and that claiming Virat Kohli to not be great would bring plenty of flak in the social media.
The 46-year old feels that majority of the people claim Kohli as their best player to get more likes and followers. He further said that Kane Williamson is the best all-format player and admired the New Zealand skipper for his humbleness and calmness at whatever he does.
“If Kane Williamson was Indian, he would be the greatest player in the world. But he’s not because you’re not allowed to say that Virat Kohli is not the greatest, because you’d get an absolute pelting on social media.
So, you all say Virat is the best purely to get few more clicks and likes, few more numbers following here. Kane Williamson, across formats, is equally the best. I think the way he plays, the calm demeanour, his humbleness, the fact that he is silent about what he does,” Vaughan told Spark Sport.
Kane Williamson Has Mostly Had Success: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan further said that the Indian skipper has struggled in the English conditions and against the moving ball for the most part barring the 2018 tour, whereas Kane Williamson has been successful most of the time. He feels that Williamson remains one of the greatest all-format batsmen today and matches Virat Kohli in every aspect.
“I think recently, a lot of pundits have been shouting for him, whether he likes that or not, I’m not too sure. In English conditions, against the moving ball, Virat did enjoy success the last time he came in, but other than that he has struggled. Kane Williamson has mostly had success. I’m not just saying it because I’m speaking to you guys in New Zealand but I think Kane Williamson is right up there with the great players across the three formats and certainly matches Virat Kohli,” he added.