Neither Kohli Nor Dhoni! This Will Be The Biggest Challenge For Pakistan


An extra layer of intrigue has been added to India's opening match against Pakistan - already one of the most high-profile fixture in world cricket along with the Ashes - in Birmingham on Sunday by Indian media reports of differences between Kohli and Kumble over tactics and training.

Speculation had been rife ever since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chose not to automatically extend the tenure of Kumble as head coach, choosing instead to advertise the position on their website on May 25. His spell to rattle India's top order in the Asia Cup previous year had even Kohli gushing his praise.

"Our changing room was completely calm". There is a process of selecting the coach and there are no issues. Bat first and they will know that no score under 350 will be safe - even in access of that may not be.

"We don't play them often", said Kohli.

"Working with Kumble has been good". Nobody accepts their own mistakes. We're not saying anything different to what we feel.

"I don't think any walk of life or in any situatuon in life, you agree with everything". I will just request that when you don't have knowledge on anything, please do not spread rumours. "And as cricketers we just focus on the Champions Trophy", he added. "We have made a plan", he said. I have seen these things.

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Kohli, the India captain, has previously stated that the process is no different to what has occurred in the past but before his side's meeting with Pakistan - a rare encounter given bilateral ties are now on hold - much of the focus remained on Kumble.

In any case, Pakistan can be brilliant on a given day and rubbish on several others. "It will be a normal game, we have to make sure we play the best cricket", Pandya mentioned in BCCI's Twitter handle. You will see a new Pakistan team. All you can do is focus on your skills. And for us, it's a matter of executing what we know best regardless of who we are playing against.

When specifically asked about his, and the team's, relationship with Kumble over the past year, Kohli said "It's been really good". I don't take pressure on me all the time. No one is claiming they are favourites.

"But I am very impressed with the bowling attack. My mindset remains the same in all games", he said. While Junaid has also dismissed Kohli three times and has also bowled 21 dot balls in the 50-over format. Depends on the conditions. Accordingly, we'll pick our best bowling attack. But while you suspect this game comes a bit too early for Shadab et al. history has taught us never to discount Pakistan. Great intensity in the team.

The star batsman insisted: "I don't even want to know anything of this sort". The bowlers were not part of the practice session yesterday but MS Dhoni was present. I keep seeking his advice every now and then.

Remember the very famous incident where angry young man Gambhir who had a face-off with Pakistani all rounder Shahid Afridi which led both players to exchange the extreme "Hindi Gaalis".