What Makes Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson Different From the Rest?

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | 0


The last few years have seen some of the biggest cricketing names hang up their boots, leaving a strong legacy behind. The same period, however, has also witnessed the rise of a trio of players, who have shown immense potential to bolster the echelon of competitiveness on to another level altogether. These are England’s Joe Root, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, and India’s Virat Kohli.

All three play as specialist batsmen and have established themselves as the best among the current crop. A notable similarity between them is that their career trajectories have been somewhat identical, with all of them starting slow but rapidly romping their way up the ladder. Ironically, however, they all belong to different breeds.

Kohli is known for his orthodox style of batting. In a Test match, you are sure to be spellbound by Kohli’s jaw-dropping ground-strokes. In the shorter formats, he will be no different, except for taking calculated risks. On the contrary, Root and Williamson are never afraid of going a maverick’s way, occasionally. You will often see them playing those unorthodox reverse sweeps, the paddle scoops, and the switch hits, something Kohli would never do.

Going by numbers, Kohli leads the pack by a huge margin. Not to mention that he has played more matches than both of his counterparts, though. While Kohli has over 12,114 international runs from 261 international matches across all three formats, Williamson has amassed 9026 runs from 180 matches. Root comes third in the list with 7622 runs from 145 outings.

What separates these three players from the rest of their contemporaries is their consistency over the years. None of them has an average of below 45 in Tests and ODIs, and less than 30 in T20 internationals. Looking at the way they have been progressing, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they are soon labeled as the new Bradmans, or the Tendulkars.

Regardless of what it is, cricket is the winner ultimately!


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