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I don't take additional pressure. What has to happen will happen.

Kohli knows well anything less than a win for the no.1 ranked Test side against the struggling hosts will invite more criticism after having his way in the appointment of new coach. Whatever is happening off the field doesn't bother us.

"On being asked about added pressure going into the series after all the drama that unfolded, Virat firmly replied that there is no extra pressure on him; I do not take any added pressure, as a player I only focus on the series I have to play".

Speaking on the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, which includes three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I, Shastri said the primary aim of the team will be to win the series, regardless of the margin. All stakeholders-captain, senior players, committee of legends, board members, Supreme Court observers and, of course, all candidates-should be locked in a large house with cameras rolling day and night, recording all the relevant (i.e. juicy) bits that go into picking the big boss. Speculation is not in my control. "My job is to bring the best out on the field and make this team do well", he said. "Mine will be a refresh button that will be pushed and I will carry on from where I left". Also, he felt that all the credit should go to the team which has become number one in Tests on the back of a consistent run against the top sides.

"I never come with any baggage".

"When you play the game, you want your mind to be clear". My job is to do just that.

"We have worked with this team for the past three years so I think we have great understanding". The BCCI tried to clarify the news, saying Khan will be available for only 150 days a year, but their positions are still unclear as the team already has full-time bowling and batting coaches.

India's preparation has been less than ideal this time, too, with head coach Anil Kumble stepping down last month citing a breakdown in his relationship with skipper Kohli. It is outstanding. right from junior level to "A" teams to Indian junior World Cup teams, he has been part of. So I don't want to elaborate much on what he is good at, what are his strengths.

According to Times of India, Ganguly told reporters "Enough has been said about the matter".

It's been a topsy-turvey period for Indian cricket of late.

"That tour (Sri Lanka in 2015) for us was landmark tour". We showed more belief in our abilities and that we could win from any situation and from then on you could see the results that we have had so far.

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