Salman Butt disagrees with Michael Vaughan's Virat Kohli-Kane Williamson comparison

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 16, 2021, 01:08 PM IST

Virat Kohli (L) and Kane Williamson (R) Photograph:(AFP)

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Salman Butt too joined the troll brigade and called the comparison "irrelevant". 

Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt disagreed with Michael Vaughan who recently claimed that Kane Williamson would've been termed as the greatest player currently had he been an Indian while comparing the Kiwi to Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Vaughan had told Star Sports, "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 demeanor, his humbleness, the fact that he is silent about what he does," he added.

Former England captain was trolled on social media for his statement. 

Salman Butt too joined the troll brigade and called the comparison "irrelevant". 

"Kohli belongs to a country which has a huge population. Obviously, he would have a bigger fanbase. 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," Butt said on his YouTube channel.

"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. Now, as an opener, if you haven't scored a century, it's not worth discussion. It’s just that he has a knack of saying things that stir up a debate. Besides, people have a lot of time to stretch a topic," Butt added.

He further opined, "Williamson is great. He's a top-class batsman and the best in the world. There is no doubt. Williamson may take the points in terms of captaincy, but he (Vaughan) hasn't discussed captaincy. In terms of players, there is a huge cap. Kohli's stats and performance and the way he has won India matches, especially chasing, it's outstanding. Since the time both are playing, no one has been as consistent as Kohli. What Vaughan has said is irrelevant."