Kane Williamson outdoing Virat Kohli: The two stellar captains will face each other in a historic match at a neutral venue next month.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that New Zealand captain Kane Williamson would’ve been the “greatest player” in the world had he been an Indian cricketer.
Comparing Williamson with India captain Virat Kohli, Vaughan mentioned that the former is “equally the best” across formats but people tend to rate Kohli higher to prevent themselves from getting a pelting on social media.
“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 was quoted as saying by Spark Sport.
Michael Vaughan predicts Kane Williamson outdoing Virat Kohli in WTC Final
Both Kohli and Williamson share a camaraderie between which is evident from them praising each other publicly multiple times in the past. However, captains of their individual national teams will lock horns against each other in the historic final of the ICC World Test Championship next month.
Further speaking on the comparison, Vaughan didn’t shy away from predicting that Williamson will outscore Kohli in the final match primarily because of Kohli’s knack of struggling against the moving ball in English conditions.
“I think recently, a lot of pundits have been shouting for him [Virat Kohli], 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.
“In terms of quality and what he brings on the pitch and his consistency, I wouldn’t bet against Kane Williamson getting more runs. I think Kane may score a few more runs than Virat this summer,” Vaughan added.
In the 10 Tests that Kohli has played in England so far, his 727 runs have come at an average of 36.35 comprising of two centuries and three half-centuries. Williamson, on the other hand, has worse numbers than Kohli in England as his 247 runs in four Tests have come at an average of 30.87 including one century and half-century each.