India cricket captain Kohli has 'no problems' with coach Kumble

Kane Williamson's assured knock of exactly 100, after Luke Ronchi's 65 off 43 balls against the country he once represented, helped New Zealand post a competitive total of 291 all out in 45 overs.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly gave a straight advice to both Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble and urged the duo to just "shut any controversy out of their minds" ahead of India's marquee clash against Pakistan.

India have an all-win record against the arch-rivals in World Cups, but Pakistan hold an edge in the Champions Trophy. Although Harbhajan felt that Indian players are under more pressure while playing Australia or South Africa, a match against Pakistan is still a special occasion.

"That's certainly where Saf (Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed) and myself find ourselves, very much on the same page", he insisted. Now, fans gathered around the team practice at the nets in Birmingham could barely name the team without referring to their smartphones. This means if you bet Rs 1 on India you will get Rs 5.50 if India win the championship.

"In any walk of life there are agreements and disagreements always", he added. While the onus will once again be on the batting heroes in Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, it is only pleasing to see some quality bowlers in the line-up too.

"There is nothing quite like an India versus Pakistan clash and the atmosphere is bound to be brilliant".

"Yes that was very special", reminisces Amir.

Umesh Yadav has more zip in his bowling after a successful Test season but Mohammed Shami has a variety of skill in his repertoire to trouble the best batsmen.

Pakistan's head coach has great faith in his team.

Instead, the South African is encouraging them to treat each game equally, and start their Champions Trophy campaign with a win. Pakistan will instead look to another left-armer to worry Kohli. Pakistan have beaten India only four times in their last 15 attempts and will be needing every bit of energy, nous, and temperament to beat their neighbours.

Even though the rivalry between the two teams is legendary, they don't meet expect in multilateral events (ICC and ACC tournaments) due to the cross-border tension.

"I will try to watch India-Pakistan on Sunday from Kashmir", the 32-year old, who played for Kings XI Punjab in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), said.

"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". "It's just like any other game", he said.

There is a sense that modern cricket has outdistanced Pakistan, a team still gloriously stuck in an age of unhurried run-accumulation, still happy to leave six hitting to one or two dashers, still fielding and running between the wickets like it's 1993.

In days gone by, these matches were always a battle between India's batsmen and Pakistan's bowlers. "On Sunday, you will see us doing some new things, which we have not done against India previously".

"There's never a boring moment in India Pakistan match".

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