Virat Kohli dismisses reports of rift with head coach Anil Kumble
India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday rejected the reports of him having rift with head coach Anil Kumble, dismissing them as just rumours ahead of the team's opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan.
Speaking tomedia ahead of the much-awaited clash, when asked to comment on the reports of his alleged difference with Kumble, Kohli said, "There have been a lot of speculations and things being written by people without actually being part of the change room, which is strange.
There are no problems whatsoever. I don't know why people are creating issues. The team is totally focused on Champions Trophy. I honestly don't know about it and don't even want to know. In a major tournament, people like to find rumours."
He also deflected the question of BCCI inviting fresh applications for the post of head coach despite Kumble doing a stellar job. "I don't understand why there is speculation for a process. I don't even know, I don't want to know. In a tournament which is so much in focus, lot of people like to find rumours before the tournament. They are trying to do their job and get their livelihood, we will focus on our livelihood," he said.
On reports of his alleged disagreements with Kumble, Kohli cleared the air saying it's natural to have such things in a team environment but people should stop commenting on things they are not a part of. "Agreements and disagreements happen. I would not comment on things that I am not fully aware of. I would not speculate. I think there is lack of patience right now and nobody admits mistakes. If you (media) write something and it goes wrong, have the heart to admit that you have gone wrong rather than saying that problem has been solved," Kohli said.
"It's normal to have disagreements, even at home, not everybody agrees on everything. It's human nature. When you don't know about something completely, don't spread rumours and speculate, just focus on cricket," he said.
One being questioned how he deals with the pressure of being team's top performer and a leader, Kohli said, "You have to handle stuff when you are thinking. When I don't think, I can carry on with life. I don't take pressure on me all the time. I never played irresponsibly even when I was not captain. I don't feel, I have to do something extra to get something as captain."
Likewise his team-mates, the 28-year-old also termed Pakistan contest as just another game. "I don't think any other team also puts a price on just one game. We take the same mindset to every game that we play for India, the mindset does not change."