ICC T20 WORLDCUP : Ryan Sidebottom describes Virat Kohli as “game-oriented” and “extremely smart.”

Virat Kohli has declared that he would stand down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in 2021 concludes. The 32-year-old will be hoping to win his first major ICC title as captain and finish off a successful tenure. With 777 runs in 16 matches at an outstanding average of 86.33, Virat Kohli is now India’s leading run scorer in the T20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Ryan Sidebottom praised Kohli’s captaincy, describing him as “smart” and “game-oriented.” The former England cricketer went on to say that the Indian skipper has a lot of enthusiasm for his country and that his squad selection has been excellent.

“He’s (Virat) the sort of captain who is well-liked by the players in his squad. You can tell he still has (drive) – I want to succeed. Within the camp, there is a strong sense of belonging. As a result, he’s a fantastic captain. India has always had a number of outstanding captains. Kohli is astute and focused on the game. Sidebottom told TOI, “He’s amazing.”

“They’re all various kinds of people.” Kohli, on the other hand, is driven. He has a huge fan base in India. He is unquestionably the driving force behind this group. His choice of team has been excellent. He’s a fantastic player with a fascinating personality,” he added.

Ryan Sidebottom, who played for England in 22 Tests, 25 ODIs, and 18 T20Is, said that if India can handle the strain in the main event, they would be strong candidates for the championship.

“India would be put under a lot of strain.” You have billions of viewers that want India to succeed. So, if they can handle the strain, as they have on several times, India is a formidable force. “I believe it will be a fantastic competition,” Sidebottom said.

“I can’t truly pick one (team) out of so many.” Take a look at how T20 has fared in the IPL and Big Bash. All of the clubs are so powerful today that they have huge hitters on both sides. In a World Cup, I believe it will come down to an individual with the bat or a bowler who can take two or three wickets and win the match for the team. As a result, it’s difficult to make a prediction. In this T20 World Cup, there are some very outstanding teams,” he said.

On October 24, India will begin their campaign against arch-rival Pakistan in Dubai.

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