Not too long ago, former England captain and one of the most controversial cricket analysts in modern cricket, Michael Vaughan said that New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson would have been a greater player than Virat Kohli if he too was an Indian.
"If Kane Williamson was Indian, he'd 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,” Vaughan had told Spark Sport last week.
"I think Kane Williamson is up there with the great players across the three formats and he certainly matches Virat Kohli… It's just 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,” he added.
Obviously, such comments cannot go unnoticed and fans and cricket experts from all corners of the world have their respective opinions to put forward in this matter.
Former Pakistan cricketer-turned-YouTuber, Salman Butt also tried his hand at having a say in this whole matter.
However, he did so by sidelining Vaughan’s credibility as an analyst and calling his thoughts “irrelevant”.
"Kohli belongs to a country which 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 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 for saying things that stir up a debate. Besides, people have a lot of time to stretch a topic ... What Vaughan has said is irrelevant," Butt said.View this post on Instagram
If you know anything about Vaughan, you know that he is never the one to hold back from such confrontations, especially when he’s going against someone with baggage as massive as Salman Butt.
The former Pakistan captain was one of the three accused in the spot-fixing scandal at Lord's in 2010. He was later banned for five years from playing for the Pakistan side and later failed to make his return to the international roster.
It didn’t take long for Vaughan to bring out the dagger.
In a tweet on Sunday evening, Vaughan wrote:
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
“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 !!!”
Since this comment, most of the fans of Kohli and Williamson have forgotten the original debate and have simply joined forces to express their shock over Vaughan’s zinger.
Seeesh! https://t.co/PaCurJXVwO— Simant Shrestha (@simantstha) May 16, 2021
Man woke up today & chose violence. https://t.co/G6HSJqZe5c— Trash (@_DesiPinkman) May 16, 2021May 16, 2021
Very right Michael. He made a bad name for Pakistan & involved upcoming modern day greats like Amir & Asif with him. And he did that shit being a Captain of the national team. Can't get more worst than what he did back in 2010. https://t.co/VWcR9Z9FTo— Muhammad Zaeem Ahsan (@ZA7Leo) May 16, 2021May 16, 2021