Virat Kohli is focused on the game, his team selection is excellent: Ryan Sidebottom | Cricket News
Former England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom believes that if India can handle the pressure well in the 2021 ICC World T20, they will win the coveted title.
India, who beat England and Australia in their two warm-up matches, sending a strong message to the opposition, will face rivals Pakistan in their lung opening on October 24.
“India will be under pressure. You have billions of fans watching and you want India to be successful. So if they handle the pressure, which they have done over and over, India is so strong . I think it will be a really good competition, “Sidebottom, who competed in 22 tests, 25 ODI and 18 T20I for England between 2001 and 2010, told TimesofIndia.com.
The T20 format, however, is extremely fickle. Any talented team of their day and win a game. The favorites tag in this context is not something that can be taken for granted. At the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, India was the team to beat. But they were humiliated in the final by Sri Lanka.
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“I can’t really pick one (team) out of so many. You look at how T20 went with the IPL and the big hit. All the teams are so strong now, they have big hitters. on either side. I think in a World Cup it will come down to one individual with the bat or whoever takes two or three wickets and wins it for the team. So that’s hard to call. has some really fantastic teams in this T20 World Cup now, ”added Sidebottom.
Sidebottom represented England in the ICC World T20 in 2009. He played against former Indian captain Rahul Dravid (in the 2007 Test Series) and MS Dhoni (in the 2009 ICC World T20).
When asked about the different styles of capturing Dravid, Dhoni and Virat, Sidebottom said, “They are all different types of characters. But Kohli has passion. He has a large number of Indian fans. He certainly leads this team. His team The selection was excellent. He’s just an exceptional player and an incredible character. ”
Virat has already announced that he will step down as T20I captain after the conclusion of the 2021 T20 World Cup. And the Indian running machine would love to sign the mega event by winning the mega tournament.
“He’s (Virat) a type of captain who is very well respected within the group of players he has. You can see he still has that (drive) – I want to do well. You can see the spirit. team in the camp. So he’s a very good captain. India has always had very good captains. Kohli is very smart and very game-oriented. He’s fantastic, “Sidebottom told TimesofIndia. com.
Looking back, Sidebottom chose the 2007 Test Series against India as the most memorable moment of his career.
“Playing against India in 2007 in the Test series and bowling against players like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly and Dhoni, (that was) something really special. And, the Trent Bridge Test. I think that I played 19 overs for 20 short in one day and played beautifully. I kind of made Sachin play and miss quite a bit, but I took a wicket. It’s a special moment that I remember, ”Sidebottom signed.