Australian opening batsman and captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner recently hosted an Instagram live session with teammate Kane Williamson. Both the batting genius discussed various topics related to the game, which included picking the best batsmen in the world at the moment.
Both Warner and Williamson went for Indian captain Virat Kohli and chose him as the best batter of modern-day cricket. The Kiwi captain picked former South African AB de Villiers as the best along with Kohli.
“It’s very hard to pinpoint on 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 said.
“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,” he added,
Warner, on the other hand, named three players and added Smith and Williamson’s name to this list which already featured Kohli.
“I would have you (Williamson), Smithy (Steve Smith) and Virat to bat for my life,” said the pocket-dynamite.
Warner then asked Williamson about the greatest cricketer he has seen playing, before presenting a name by himself. The Aussie star picked Proteas legend Jacques Kallis as one such batter he enjoyed watching.
“For me, it would be Jacques Kallis,” Warner said.
“He has one of the best batting records, and he has taken 300 wickets and has over 200 catches as well. It’s an incredible feat,” added the New South Wales cricketer.
When it comes to Williamson, then he went for three phenomenal cricketers in the form of Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Rahul Dravid.
“It’s pretty hard to say one name. Kumar Sangakkara would be one. Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid.. goodness me, we can talk about it all night!” said the Northern Districts player.
“So many greats of the game. It’s so difficult to say one name. I think if you look at guys who make it look quite easy.. yourself (Warner) and the players like AB. But Jacques Kallis really was (like) three players, wasn’t he? Incredible,” Williamson added further.