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, the former Pakistan batsman has responded to Michael Vaughan’s comparison between Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, calling the former England captain’s analysis ‘irrelevant’ and that he has a habit of saying things that trigger some sort of controversy.
Salman Butt: Virat Kohli Dominated The Batting Rankings For Outstanding Performances And There Isn’t A Need To Draw Comparisons
In an interview with Spark Sport, Michael Vaughan said that Kane Williamson is on par with Virat Kohli as the world’s top batsman but due to his popularity, people are forced to say that the India captain is in fact the world’s best. Michael Vaughan’s comments sent waves across social media, with former India batsman Wasim Jaffer taking a funny dig at the ex-England captain.
“Kohli belongs to a county that 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.
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: Michael Vaughan Was A Brilliant Skipper For England But He Never Scored A Single ODI Ton
Salman Butt took a jibe at the former England batsman, saying how although he was a good captain, Michael Vaughan’s batting, especially in ODIs wasn’t too special. Michael Vaughan had scored 18 Test tons playing 82 Tests averaging around 41, while in 86 ODIs his average is a mere 27.15 with no tons and only 16 fifties.
The former left-handed batsman weighed in on Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson’s greatness but said his figures are always pale in comparison to what Virat Kohli the batsman has achieved and that the kind of consistency with which the India captain has scored runs, hasn’t been duplicated by another player of this era.
“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.
“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.”
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, the joint-highest in the format among active cricketers, with Steve Smith. Virat Kohli also owns 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.