Champions Trophy 2017: India captain Virat Kohli denies row with coach Anil Kumble

Kohli and Kumble
Kumble (right) has guided the team to a record of just one defeat in 17 Tests since taking charge.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 - India v Pakistan
Venue: Edgbaston Date: Sunday, 4 June, 10:30 BST
Coverage: Highlights every evening on BBC Two, ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; in-play highlights and text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Captain Virat Kohli has denied reports of a rift with coach Anil Kumble as India prepare to face Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener on Sunday.

It comes after India's cricket board invited applications for the head coach's role last week, despite the team's excellent results.

But Kohli said the board's invitation for applications was a routine matter.

"There are no problems whatsoever. The team is totally focused on the Champions Trophy," said Kohli.

"There has been a lot of speculation and a lot of things written by people without actually being a part of the changing room, which is very strange."

India face Pakistan at Edgbaston in Group B on Sunday, in what is billed as "one of the biggest matches in sport".

Kohli said differences of opinion were part and parcel of the game.

"In any walk of life there are agreements and disagreements always," he added. "These are normal things. Even at home you do not agree on everything with your family.

"If something is put in place as a process, I don't see why people are creating so many speculations about it."

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