In David Warner’s latest Instagram Live Session titled ‘Warner’s corner’, David Warner and his fellow Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had a conversation, keeping the fans engaged to the sport in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon being asked by his SRH skipper to name the greatest batsman in the world at this point of time according to him, Williamson replied, “It’s very hard to pinpoint one. Someone like AB, I know he only plays franchise cricket now, but in terms of gifted players, he is right up there. And a top guy as well. He’s one of the special players of our time. But (there are) so many quality players,” Williamson pointed.
He added, “Kohli, in all formats, has a real hunger to dominate. He is so good to watch and play against, and to learn as well. He has set the bar so high.”
Warner went on to name his choice, and he picked 3 batsmen, “I would have you, Smithy (Steve Smith) and Virat to bat for my life,” he said.
The 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup Final was probably the most heartbreaking moment in the Kiwis’ sporting history. Warner asked Williamson, the player of that tournament, to elaborate the emotions that came through with that loss and how he dealt with it, to which he replied, “That was a very emotional time. But it was kind of hard to be emotional right at that point in time. You were still very much looking at the next task at that time despite the ‘n’ number of things outside of your control.
Williamson continued, “It can happen in any cricket game, but just that in this context, it was a World Cup game. After the game, it was quite difficult to make sense of it. I think the thing we could reflect and be proud of was the cricket we played. We saw throughout the World Cup how much the surfaces varied and what the good score was. 230-240 was quite competitive and we managed to get a competitive total in the final at Lord’s. To come out and take wickets on the surface was quite good as well.”
Williamson sportingly concluded by saying, “After the game, I just didn’t feel I had the right to complain too much just because we were able to put out a strong performance. It was decided by the things which were outside your control.”