Shillong, Sep 14: The debate is on and will always be there, regarding who is the best batsman in cricket currently. There might also be few options available among Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson or Steve Smith, but according to former Australian cricketer Ryan Campbell, Kane Williamson is the best batsman currently across all formats.
“I think Kane Williamson is the best batsman in the world. His calmness and style make him a match-winner in all formats and all conditions,” said Ryan Campbell in an exclusive interview with Meghalaya Times.
Ryan Campbell made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Hong Kong against Zimbabwe in the 2016 World T20, at the age of 44 years and 30 days, thus becoming the oldest player to debut in a T20I match. He is now shouldering the responsibility of being the head coach of the Netherlands cricket team and looking to qualify in the Super12 spot for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held in the UAE
Talking about the recent performance of Australia in Bangladesh, where Australia had lost the 5-match T20 series, 1-4 to Bangladesh, Campbell said, it is true that Australia did not perform as per their potential, however, there is not much to read into since, Australia will be a completely different side when the will be playing for T20 World Cup in UAE.
“I don’t think Australia has played very well in T20 at any stage, the balance of the side seems off and they did miss several big names on that tour and historically, we don’t play well on the sub-continent. Australia will always produce match-winners, it’s in our DNA. I do not doubt that they will continue to be a force in all forms of the game for some time to come,” said Campbell.
“I think it will have NO bearing on them at all. Justin Langer is a mentally tough person and the players will feed off that. They will be coming to the World Cup with a different group and have match-winners right through their line-up. Of course, they will need their best players to play well if they are to make the semi-finals. India, New Zealand, England and possibly the West Indies are my favourites for the title, if we don’t win it of course!!” he added.