Virat Kohli is a special batsman - Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli is a special batsman - Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli are two batsmen who stand out from the other crop of batsmen owing to their work ethics and commitment to the team. Both the run machines have been the trump cards for their respective sides since the last few years and continue to remain so.

The most impressive aspect about the duo has been that they have managed to achieve tremendous success in all formats of the game irrespective of the conditions. In a recent interaction, Kane Williamson spoke on a few issues on the sidelines of the IPL, where he represents the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Williamson was full in awe of Kohli and termed him as a “special batsman”.

“He’s (Virat Kohli) certainly a special player,” Williamson said. “He isn’t a bully batsman, which some people are in T20 cricket. I’m not a bully batsman either, so you are trying to work out a way. T20 cricket is all about how you score at a good rate and how he does is up to the player. Whether it’s by hitting sixes or by hitting twos, you are achieving what’s needed.”

Williamson drew similarities between their style of play as he said that both try to use the control to their advantage rather than using brute power and strength. “To me, it’s the same. A lot of us don’t have the luxury of that extreme power game. The fundamentals of the game remain the same no matter what format you play. If you are in order, then it’s much easier to adapt. If you are in control of your game, then making those adjustments become a little easier. It’s a challenge. The best players are the one who learn very quickly,” said Williamson.

Williamson recently led New Zealand in the ICC World T20, and called that as a “special experience”. “It was certainly a different kind of experience. To lead a side in a World Cup, the guys gelled well and the performances were good as well. Every time you come to India, you learn so much. There was a lot of planning to be done and that certainly helped me as a player.”