Former England skipper Michael Vaughan is not known to mince words. The cricketer turned commentator has often been in the firing line of the fans and former cricketers for his outspoken behaviour. However, he hardly pays any heed to the public opinion.
The 46-year-old Englishmen recently stirred controversy when he drew a weird comparison between Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. Vaughan said that Williamson would have been the greatest batsman had he been from India, adding that people don’t have the courage to accept that Kohli is not the greatest as that would be greeted with an ‘absolute pelting’ on social media.
“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 demeanour, his humbleness, the fact that he is silent about what he does. It’s just that he doesn’t have the 100 million followers on Instagram and doesn’t earn the $30-40 million or whatever Virat gets every year for his commercial endorsements,” Vaughan said.
In response to Vaughan’s comments, former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt said that one cannot compare anyone with Virat Kohli as the Indian skipper has far better statistics than any other cricketer. While Butt admitted that Kane Williamson is also one of the greatest, he questioned Vaughan’s credibility as a batsman by saying that Vaughan doesn’t even have a single ODI century. He also said that Vaughan always likes to be in the limelight. Butt’s comments didn’t go well with Vaughan who took a jibe at Salman Butt by reminding him of the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.
“No idea what the headline is… but I seen what Salman has said about me … that’s fine and he is allowed his opinion but I wished he had such a clear thought of mind back in 2010 when he was Match fixing !!!” wrote Vaughan.
No idea what the headline is ... but I seen what Salman has said about me ... that’s fine and he is allowed his opinion but I wished he had such a clear thought of mind back in 2010 when he was Match fixing !!! https://t.co/EkDWuH7Vi4— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 16, 2021
Salman Butt along with Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were banned by ICC for 10, 7 and 5 years respectively after they were found guilty of spot-fixing against England.
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