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Bharat Arun returns as bowling coach; no decision yet on Zak, Dravid

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

But Kohli said he doesn't feel any added pressure because of the captaincy.

"I don't think there is added pressure". I carry on from where I left.

India was trailing the Lankans after conceding the first Test but fought back bravely to win a historic series. He knows these boys better than I do because he has been in the system for the last 15 years.

Shastri said he will approach his role with a fresh mind.

"I never come with any baggage".

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"I don't want to elaborate further", he added.

The official announcement of Shastri replacing Anil Kumble as the head coach of the team came after a long-drawn selection process involving the Cricket Advisory Committee, which consisted of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. "I have matured since I last went to Sri Lanka and I have matured immensely in the last two weeks", he said when asked about his position in the scheme of things. "Lots of speculation fly around, I don't have control over that". Yes rain did eat up much of the time but it's not that if I had those extra sessions I would have done something out of the ordinary in Sri Lanka.

With these appointments Shastri will have same set of coaches - including fielding coach R Sridhar - who were with him in his earlier tenure as team director.

After his exit as the bowling coach in 2016 following the completion of the World T20, Arun joined Hyderabad as the chief coach during the 2016-2017 Ranji Trophy season. And we have the side to win away from home. Everyone has faced hardships in the past. So I don't think that I need to understand anything new about (the coaching and support staff) in this scenario.

A former allrounder who played 80 Tests for India, Shastri's first task with the national side will be a tour to Sri Lanka where they will three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I, starting on 26 July.

"I doubt for 25 days in a year, you would want to forgo all your other commitments", reckoned the member. I did that because I take them along and also not give an opportunity to say that we took a decision behind their back and all that.



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