Virat Kohli: ‘There are no problems whatsoever’

The Indian captain has dismissed all talk of differences between him and coach Anil Kumble.

Virat Kohli... “A lot of people like to find a lot of rumours flying around, especially before the start of a tournament like this.”   -  AFP

 

Virat Kohli has dismissed all talk of differences between him and Anil Kumble.

"There have been a lot of speculations and a lot of things being written by people without actually being a part of the changing room, which is very strange. There are no problems whatsoever," he said here on Saturday, ahead of India's clash with Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. "If something is put in place as a process (applications for the coaching job), I don't see why people are creating so much speculation about it. It was followed last time as well, and I didn't see any issues being created last time."

The team was totally focused on the Champions Trophy, Kohli maintained. "I honestly don't even know...people who even try to tell me about this, I don't even want to know anything of this sort. A lot of people like to find a lot of rumours flying around, especially before the start of a tournament like this. They're doing their job, they're trying to create some nice livelihood. We're focused on our livelihood, which is on the field. Unless someone is part of something, I don't think they should sit at a distance and speculate and give judgments on what's happening. I'm not here to give judgments on anyone's life. And as cricketers we just focus on the Champions Trophy."

Kohli was asked what he felt of Kumble's term as coach, during which India's performance has been exceptional. His answer could have been a little more emphatic.

"It's been really good. The whole journey has been good," he said. "And as far as the process is concerned, I've answered that before. It's something that I don't need to elaborate on sitting here. There are people who would know better about that and can elaborate much better. But, yeah, it's been good."

He told reporters: "It is a very normal thing (to disagree). Even at home, you don't agree on everything with your folks at home. People who speculate and write about all this should think if they agree on everything with people in all walks of life. It can't happen. It's very basic human nature. All I will say is if you don't have full knowledge of something, please don't spread rumors and speculate. Please let the focus remain on the cricket."

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