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No issues with Kumble, don't spread rumors: Virat Kohli

Amir fondly remembers his two wickets in the Champions Trophy win over India at Centurion in 2009, including the memorable wicket of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.

In recent times, however, the rivalry between the two cricketing giants has been one sided with India enjoying the lion's share of positive results.

On Monday, Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel added more kindling to the fire when he told reporters that India would not play Pakistan in a bilateral series, while cross-border "terror from Pakistan remains".

Earlier in the day, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly met BCCI officials and team India members and sought their feedback on Kumble's performance.

Their batting will depend on Ahmed Shehzad, talented Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and seasoned campaigner Shoaib Malik, who has cherished playing against India with an average close to 50.

The story has dominated India's build-up to their defense of the Champions Trophy, which begins on Sunday with the small matter of a game against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

The players are professional, the nations have moved on, numerous fans who will watch this game at Edgbaston will have friends who are from their great rivals.

"Having said that, an India-Pakistan game does get treated differently", Harbhajan wrote in his column on the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC). True to expectation, Virat Kohli showed a matured head when he was asked questions on his relationship with head coach Anil Kumble.

Harbhajan, who had been a part of quite a few battles with Pakistan in the past, opined that the victory over the arch-rivals in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup was the most memorable encounter for him.

India will play their next two matches at The Oval in London, against the Lankans on June 8 and then South Africa on June 11. And you have to test yourself against that kind of attack and say I'm going to come out on top and, you know, prove to myself how good I can be when surprises like these come along. And in both the games, India managed to bundle out the opposition inside 40 overs. "We've got to attack them and we've got to look to bowl them out".

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin.

Laxman praised the Indian batsmen for showing the temperament and skills in English conditions. "It's been really good". But you know of their abilities.

He added: "So in a tournament like this, you can't pick and choose, and in general cricketers don't pick and choose". For Kohli, too, the match is significant - it will be first time he will lead India in a global tournament. Kohli has also promised that he will never again fight with coach Kumble. And on the odd occasion they play each other, there haven't many good games, or Pakistan wins, to spark anything outside Shahid Afridi's last-over heroics in Dhaka three years ago.



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