Salman Butt, a former Pakistan cricketer has responded to former England skipper Michael Vaughan’s scathing remarks on Twitter and described the “match-fixing” jibe as a “below the belt” hit. Salman Butt, in a video on his Youtube channel, had questioned Michael Vaughan’s remarks on India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
Michael Vaughan, in an interview on Spark Sport, had said that had Kane Williamson been an Indian, he would be called the world’s best batsman, directing that Virat Kohli’s huge fanbase in India is the reason most believe he alone is the best in the world.
Salman Butt Said Michael Vaughan Picked The Topic In The Wrong Context And His Reaction Was Below Average And Below The Belt
Salman Butt, in a video on his Youtube channel on Saturday, asked Michael Vaughan to back his remarks with necessary statistics and called his remarks “irrelevant”. In response, the former England captain took to social media and slammed Salman Butt for “corrupting” the sport with “match-fixing”
Now, in another video uploaded on his Youtube channel on Sunday, Salman Butt responded to Michael Vaughan and said that some people have “mental constipation”.
“I don’t want to get into details. I just want to say that he’s picked the topic in the wrong context. There is no justification for a reaction like this. This is very below-average, below-the-belt. If he wants to live in the past and wants to talk about it, he surely can. Constipation is an illness. Things get stuck and they don’t come out that easily. Some people have mental constipation. Their minds are in the past. That doesn’t matter,” Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel.
Salman Butt, who played 33 Tests, 78 ODI, and 24 T20Is for Pakistan and is believed to have sharp analytical skills, explained that Virat Kohli is the best because he has the record to be called the best. Salman Butt is a Pakistani cricket commentator, cricketer, and former captain who played for Pakistan national cricket team between 2003 and 2010, before getting banned for five years for his involvement in the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal.
Salman Butt: There Wasn’t Any Need For Michael Vaughan To Take The Matter Of Comparing Two Great Cricketersw Into A Different Direction
The 46-year old Michael Vaughan has commented that Kane Williamson is behind Virat Kohli only because he is not an Indian. The 2005 Ashes-winning captain feels that most people say Virat Kohli is the best to get more likes and followers. He 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.
“We spoke about two great players and there was no need to take it into a different direction. But he has opted to. The year he has mentioned, he can go on. It’s the past and it’s gone. But that doesn’t change the actual fact, which we spoke about. Had he provided some statistical presentation, some logic, some experienced-based observation, it would have been better. We too could have learned something.”
“Had he spoken about cricket and proved us wrong or proved himself right, it would have been fun. But that didn’t happen. To go below the belt is an option everyone has. It just defines what you pick to do, it defines you. Now that he has done, it, he can keep on doing it as much as he can. It doesn’t affect anyone, but he has just defined himself,” he signed off.
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will come head to head in the much-anticipated World Test Championship final on June 18 in Southampton.
Virat Kohli has aggregated 7,490 runs from 91 Tests at a remarkable average of 52.37. The impressive tally includes 27 tons besides having a record seven double-tons in Tests. His highest score of 254* came against South Africa in 2019. Kane Williamson has scored 7,115 runs from 83 Tests with the best score of 251. In fact, Kane Williamson has a better Test average than Virat Kohli (54.31). He owns 24 tons and four double-centuries.
Notably, the ICC had banned Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, and Mohammad Asif for 10, 7, and 5 years respectively, which was later reduced after they were found guilty of spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test in 2010.