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| On May 14, 2021 4:05 PM IST

Michael Vaughan on Virat Kohli: Not the Greatest, Famous because of Instagram


Michael Vaughan on Virat Kohli: With the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final around the corner, all sorts of mind games have also started to come up. After playing the WTC final against New Zealand, India is also scheduled to play a five-match Test series against England starting from August 4. However, former England captain Michael Vaughan has made a very big comment regarding Indian captain Virat Kohli’s stature and aura in world cricket at this moment.

Michael Vaughan on Virat Kohli Not the Greatest

During a recent interview, Michael Vaughan stated that in case New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson happened to be an Indian, he would have been known as the greatest player in the world. Vaughan noted that Virat Kohli is only famous due to his massive popularity on the social media. Currently, Kohli is the only cricketer to have achieved the milestone of 100 million Instagram followers.

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“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,” Michael Vaughan said.

“I’m not just saying it because I’m speaking to you guys in New Zealand but 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.

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“Virat has struggled most of the times in England,” says Michael Vaughan

The modern batting master Virat Kohli had a horror tour to England in 2014 but then in 2018, the right-hander came back with special preparation and in magnificent fashion having scored a fabulous total of 593 runs in 5 Tests at a phenomenal average of 59.30 that included 3 fifties and 2 hundreds. However, Michael Vaughan reckons that Virat is not much comfortable against the moving ball in England conditions.

“I think recently, a lot of pundits have been shouting for him (Kohli), whether he likes that or not, I’m not too sure. In English conditions, against the moving ball, Virat did enjoy success the last time he came in, but other than that he has struggled,” concluded Vaughan.

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