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Kohli: Team already in sync with Shastri

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In a clear snub to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), newly appointed India coach Ravi Shastri seems to have managed to convince the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Advisors (CoA) to take Bharat Arun on board as bowling coach.

Shastri has replaced Anil Kumble as head coach and the former test allrounder also brought in Sanjay Bangar as his deputy and Bharat Arun as bowling coach.

Kohli was accused of forcing out Kumble after the spin legend resigned last month, saying his relationship with the captain had become "untenable".

Asked if he was feeling any added pressure given the events of the past few weeks, the 28-year-old shrugged it off and said, "I don't think there is any added pressure". The responsibility is given to me and I hope to deliver till the time I am captain. The first Test starts on July 26 in Galle. We have created a culture that we can win a Test of a series in any condition.

Saha had a long break after the Indian Premier League (IPL) as India took part in the ICC Champions Trophy where they lost to Pakistan in the final and then toured the West Indies for five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and one T20. As a team we aspire to achieve. I don't carry any baggage. "I only have the bat in my hand, my job is to do my best, lot of speculations around", Kohli concluded. But, Shastri is one who will not compromise on quality when it comes to the Indian cricket team.

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"I think that was a landmark tour".

However, Kohli said he believes that off the field developments will not hit the team's performance in Sri Lanka. The team has done exceedingly well over three years and they are the people who deserve the credit more than anyone else. Everyone has faced hard times. "I certainly don't take any added pressure", he added.

When Shastri was named coach on July 11, the CAC said that Zaheer would be bowling consultant.

Shastri, reflected on India's last tour of Sri Lanka, where the team bounced back to win the Test series 2-1. Speaking on his coaching method, Shastri added, "When you play you want your mind clear". The pacer has a contract with Sony Six, which he has to give up as BCCI rules don't permit any member of the support staff to have media commitments.

The skipper said: "We should already be in-sync because we have worked before for 3 years. We showed that we have the ability and we can win from any situation".

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