Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has made a ridiculous comment on Virat Kohli that has taken the entire cricketing world by surprise. His comments come as a build-up to the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand later in June. Vaughan has compared celebrity status to that of Kane Williamson who hardly has any social media following or engagement.
Virat Kohli annd Kane Williamson are regarded among the greatest batsmen in the modern era alongside Joe Root, Steve Smith and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam who has risen up the ranks quickly in recent times.
Michael Vaughan claimed that Kane Williamson is equally the best all-format player and admired the Kiwi skipper for his humility and calmness at whatever he does. He further said that Williamson would have been the greatest player in the world had he been an India. He further added that Virat Kohli gets all the attention because he is an Indian and has good social media following.
Virat Kohli Famous Because He Is Indian & On Instagram: Michael Vaughan
“If Kane Williamson was Indian, he’d 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,” Vaughan said on Spark Sport.
“I’m not just saying it because I’m speaking to you guys in New Zealand but I think Kane Williamson is up there with the great players across the three formats and he certainly matches Virat Kohli. It’s just 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” he further added.
Michael Vaughan also said that Virat Kohli 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. The former English middle-order batsman feels that Williamson remains one of the greatest all-format batsmen today and is up there with Virat Kohli.
He backs the New Zealand skipper to emerge with more runs in three Tests than Kohli, who plays five Tests in the upcoming English summer.