Former England captain Michael Vaughan is known to speak his heart out. He doesn’t shy away while making bold statements about players. This is the reason why he is always in the news for different reasons. His comments often attract plenty of responses and flak from both cricket experts and the social media crowd.
In a recent interview, he went onto say that the only reason Kane Williamson is not the greatest player in the world is that he is not an Indian. Michael Vaughan also added Indian skipper Virat Kohli is only famous because he is on social media platform Instagram and that he is an Indian.
“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 a 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. It’s just that he doesn’t have the 100 million followers on Instagram and doesn’t earn the $30-40 million or whatever Virat gets every year for his commercial endorsements,” Vaughan said.
Vaughan responds to Salman Butt
Michael Vaughan’s remarks on Virat Kohli did not go down well with a lot of people. While he was appreciated for his remarks on Williamson people bashed him for what he said about the Indian captain. Tainted Pakistan batter Salman Butt responded to these comments on his Youtube channel and in the process, bashed the former English skipper.
“Kohli belongs to a county that has a huge population. On top of that, his performance is better too. Virat has 70 international tons at the moment, no other batsman from this era has that many.
“And he has, for a long period, dominated the batting rankings because his performances have been outstanding. So, I don’t understand what and where is the need to draw comparisons. And who has compared the two? Michael Vaughan. He was a brilliant captain for England, but the beauty at which he used to bat, his output wasn’t on par. He was a good Test batsman but Vaughan never scored a single century in ODIs,” Salman Butt said.
Michael Vaughan is not the kind of person who will sit back and listen and certainly, Salman Butt’s comments didn’t bode well with him. He came up with a response to these comments by Butt and said he wished Butt had such a clear mind while he was caught for match-fixing.
“No idea what the headline is… but I seen what Salman has said about me … that’s fine and he is allowed his opinion but I wished he had such a clear thought of mind back in 2010 when he was Match fixing !!!” wrote Michael Vaughan in reply.
No idea what the headline is … but I seen what Salman has said about me … that’s fine and he is allowed his opinion but I wished he had such a clear thought of mind back in 2010 when he was Match fixing !!! https://t.co/EkDWuH7Vi4
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 16, 2021