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The Messies and Ronaldos of Team India

Indian cricketers reveal their footy side

The ripples of the football action in Brazil are being felt around the globe. And the Indian Cricket Team is not immune to it. In the midst of their preparation for the Test series in England, the Indian cricketers are keeping a keen eye on the football World Cup.

Besides following the performance of their favourite teams and players in Brazil, they have also been indulging in heavy footy action themselves. Before practice, after nets, between sessions in a warm-up match or after the day’s play, a game of football seems customary. And it gets pretty competitive out there.

We asked the whole squad to put on paper their favourite footballer, the team they support or supported in the World Cup and the position they take during team footy games.

Here’s what we got.

Name

Favourite Footballer

Team Supporting in WC

Your Position in Team Football games

MS Dhoni

Lionel Messi

Brazil

Every where

Shikhar Dhawan

Lionel Messi

Brazil

Front

Gautam Gambhir

Arjen Robben

Netherlands

Front

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cristiano Ronaldo

Brazil

Defender

Virat Kohli

Cristiano Ronaldo

Germany

Every where

Ajinkiya Rahane

Cristiano Ronaldo

Brazil

Every where

Rohit Sharma

Fernando Torres

Spain

Winger

R Ashwin

Varun Aaron

Belgium

Mid -Fielder

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Mid- Fielder

Ishwar Pandey

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Goal Keeper

Ishant Sharma

Neymar

Brazil

Defender

Stuart Binny

Lionel Messi &Varun

Argentina

Mid- Fielder

Varun Aaron

Zinedin Zidane

France

Mid- Fielder

Wriddhiman Saha

Lionel Messi

Italy

Mid- Fielder

Pankaj Singh

Zinedin Zidane

Argentina

Defender

Murali Vijay

Neymar

Germany

Striker

Ravindra Jadeja

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Mid- Fielder

Duncan Fletcher

Lionel Messi

Germany

Linesman

Joe Dawes

Walley Lewis

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Left out/orange peeler

Trevor Penney

Steven Gerrard

Holland

Attacking mid-fielder

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Report: Derbyshire vs Indians – Day 3

Vijay, Rahane lead an easy chase for the Indians

After three days of thorough match practice, the Indians finished their second warm-up game, against Derbyshire by chasing down 142 in 45 overs to take the Royal Crown Derby Trophy by five wickets. Gautam Gambhir (21* off 27 balls) scored the winning runs to end the game with 8.3 overs to spare.

After Derbyshire and India took turns to bat on the first and second day respectively, it was agreed that the 90 overs on the third and final day would be divided equally between the two teams. With the Indians declaring for their overnight score of 341 for 6, Derbs batted for the first 45 overs and scored 156 for 3, setting the visitors a target o 143 in 45 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan got out for his second low score in the match, trapped lbw by Matt Hogginbottom for nine. Murali Vijay got useful 41 runs under his belt, laced with some fine drives on the off-side before retiring out. He faced 77 balls and his eight fours. Ajinkya Rahane followed suit after scoring 39.

Not having batted in the first innings, it was a good chance for Rohit Sharma to get a few runs before the Test series starts. But he failed to do so, lobbing a catch to slip off left-arm-spinner, David Wainwright for 10.

The morning session was quiet in terms of the run-flow as the Indian pacers kept things in control. Bhuvneshwar Kumar got Ben Slater (0) to edge one into the hands of Murali Vijay at first slip in his second over. Bhuvi was impressive throughout his spell, which ended with excellent figures of 6-3-5-1.

Mohammad Shami, who did not take field in the first innings as a precaution for a mild calf strain, came early to the ground with bowling coach, Joe Dawes and the physical trainer. He practiced for a while and warmed up with a few rounds of the field before opening the bowling with Bhuvi.

He bowled seven overs in his first spell, two maidens, for 23 runs. Shami made up for is first innings absence by coming in for a second spell in the afternoon session, in which he accounted for the wicket of Paul Borrington, getting him out lbw.

Ishant Sharma sent down his best and most economical spell on the tour so far, bowling seven overs for 10 runs. He could very well have ended up with the wicket of Borrington had Murali Vijay not fluffed a simple catch at second slip.

Stuart Binny, after scoring an unbeaten 81 in the first innings, delivered with the ball with figures of 1 for 17 from six overs. Interestingly, among slower bowlers, it was Vijay who bowled most overs (six) with Ashwin sending down five and Jadeja four.