Whilst Virat Kohli racked up another double hundred against Bangladesh, I found it interesting to read a piece on ESPN Cricinfo comparing David Warner and Faf du Plessis.
The piece states that since January 2014, du Plessis has amassed 2621 runs at an average of 58.24 striking the ball at a rate of 90.25. Only his long time friend and team mate, AB de Villiers. Alongside this, he has amassed 2435 of these runs whilst batting at number three in ODI’s ranking second to New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
It is easy to look past du Plessis’ credentials as a one day batter. Alas, he made his name as a test match blocker, famously batting 466 minutes and 376 balls in order to save a test match against Australia in Adelaide, 2012. What many people fail to see is the all round game du Plessis possess especially in a one day side featuring Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers as well as the lower order prowess of David Miller.
Yes, it is a fact that in his first 45 innings as an ODI cricketer, du Plessis did not score a 100 and averaged 27.55 but his last 52 innings have certainly proved him has a proper cricketer and he surely deserves to be ranked among the best in the world in the one day arena.
With their batting coming to the fore this close to the Champions Trophy, all the South Africans need to find is the right bowling formula and they could well cause unexpected problems at this summer’s Champions Trophy. It would be no surprise to see du Plessis near the top of the run charts for this tournament.
At a time where the Cricketing world is understandably mesmerised by the talents on Virat Kohli after his stellar year, have the talents of Kane Williamson gone under the radar?
In 2016, Williamson averaged 47.06 in Test Match Cricket, 41.11 in One Day Internationals and remarkably, 47.87 in T20 Internationals. In contrast to Kohli, Williamson is way below the Indian captain’s 2016 numbers but the question still remains, how is Williamson so underrated?
I use the word underrated because when the best batsman in the world are spoken off, people talk about Kohli (with good reason), Steven Smith and Joe Root (also with good reason) but for some reason, Williamson does not gain the recognition deserved – especially outside of New Zealand.
On Monday, Williamson scored 104 from 90 balls to lead New Zealand to a win. He led them to win a game where his side had conceded 595 runs in the first innings and saw a deficit of 56 runs after his own side had batted. A day earlier, Kohli had scored 122 to help his Indian side chase down 350 in an ODI against England. Though both these were admirable feats, Kohli’s sheer superstar status earned him the recognition his effort deserved whilst Williamson’s effort seemed undervalued by everyone anywhere apart from New Zealand.
I guess the point of this post is to just pat Kane Williamson on the back and to say I am a massive fan, I hope he continues Brendan McCullum’s legacy with New Zealand and that he treats the world to more batting masterclasses. World Cricket is blessed with many great batsman at the minute and Williamson is up there with them all.