Salman Butt, the former Pakistan-tainted skipper picked the best captain out of the modern-day greats Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root. The trio has achieved a lot of success as captains in the last decade as India, New Zealand, and England have stood out as the dominant sides in world cricket.
Out of the three, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson is the only player, who currently leads his team in all three formats. Virat Kohli relinquished his T20I captaincy after 2021 T20 WC concluded and now he only leads India in Tests and ODIs. While Joe Root is the captain of the Test side with England working well with the split captaincy as Eoin Morgan is the limited-overs skipper under whom England won the 2019 World Cup.
Salman Butt Thinks Kane Williamson Is The Best Skipper But Praised Joe Root And Virat Kohli As Well
A fan on his Youtube channel asked Salman Butt to name his pick out of the three modern-day greats, the former Pakistan skipper chose Kane Williamson as the best among the famous trio.
“I think Kane Williamson is the best captain. Yes, Joe Root and Virat Kohli are brilliant as well, and they have led their sides superbly, but overall, generically, Williamson is the man when you consider all leaders across formats,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.
New Zealand has played dominant cricket in the past few years under Kane Williamson’s leadership, as they also reached the finals of the last three ICC marque tournaments – the 2019 ODI World Cup, the 2021 World Test Championship, and the 2021 T20 World Cup. Out of which, New Zealand clinched the inaugural WTC title by beating India in the summit clash.
Meanwhile, the Indian team has also reached heights under Virat Kohli’s leadership in Test cricket with Test series win over Australia Down Under and victories on England and South Africa soil. Meanwhile, Joe Root has led England in 56 Tests and won 27 besides losing 21 but averaged around 48 as Test skipper. Virat Kohli has captained India in 65 Tests and India won 38 and lost 16.
Salman Butt: Both Rohit Sharma And Babar Azam Are Elegant
Kane Williamson will lead New Zealand in the upcoming two-match Test series against India. Virat Kohli will miss the first Test as his deputy Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in his absence. The Asian giants will look to take revenge for the WTC final defeat. Salman Butt was also asked to choose between Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and India’s swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma, but he said both are elegant in their own batting prowess.
“You have asked me which suit is better – Armani or BOSS. Both Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam play elegant shots. Both are elegant in a different way,” Butt added.
The Kiwis will feel buoyed by the return of their regular captain Kane Williamson, who missed the three-match T20I series, which New Zealand lost 3-0. Kane Williamson scored 7230 runs in 85 Tests averaging 53.95 with 24 tons. He has led New Zealand in 37 Tests in which Kiwis won 22 Tests, lost 8 Tests, and the remaining 7 were drawn.