Virat Kohli: 'There are no problems whatsoever'

Virat Kohli quells rift with Anil Kumble as India prepare for Pakistan

Cricket-Indian skipper Kohli denies reports of rift with coach

India took the unusual move of advertising Kumble's job just before the start of the Champions Trophy, a destabilising move that has incredulously been passed off as due process, and a split with Kohli has been mooted as the root cause. "There is no pressure on us".

These teams worry us more than Pakistan. And with several promising young players beginning to settle into worldwide cricket - notably Babar Azam, Shahdab Khan and Hasan Ali - they have the raw materials to make progress. "And as cricketers we just focus on the Champions Trophy". "It's human nature. When you don't know about something completely, don't spread rumours and speculate, just focus on cricket", he was terse in his answers. "This certainly gets to the players".

"We've worked massively on our ball rotation and our strike rates". England are way, way ahead, but Pakistan is number three on that list. "We can't take our foot off the pedal in any game, and we can't think, "ah, it's India, we have to just lift ourselves", because that would be very unprofessional". You've got to be on the same page all the time. "You don't agree with everything that's said at home". Every one of our attack is going to be able to do something different. "I didn't sleep the night before the match because I was constantly thinking about what people would say and how they would react if we were to lose", Harbhajan said.

"If you look, we've got a left-arm swinger (Mohammad Amir), could have left-arm pace (Wahab Riaz)".

"We've got the swing and hustle and swing of Hasan (Ali). It will be a normal game, we have to make sure we play the best cricket", Pandya said.

He went on: "We have made a plan".

"So, they're doing their job, they're trying to create some nice livelihood". Plunging such players into one of the most high-profile games in the sport is hugely demanding and not especially reflective of good planning. "You will see this team playing differently".

For all the talk of being "extremely well-prepared and ready to go" (as Arthur put it), for all the talk of "players having role clarity" and "everybody knowing where they fit in", there are some pretty obvious holes in Pakistan's preparations. "The whole journey has been good", he said.

The 73-year-old told reporters this is undoubtedly the biggest cricketing rivalry in the world, saying: "It's similar to the Ashes [between England and Australia], but to me it's more than that because of the history, the background, the politics".

"I've had the privilege of working with so many good captains in my time and Saffy is right up there as one I'm really going to enjoy working with, in terms of our relationship going forward".

"Also, their batting isn't anywhere close to what South Africa (AB de Villiers and Faf Du Plessis) and India (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma) can boast", said Harbhajan.

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