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Shirin Sadikot in Derby 05 July 2014 - 02:17pm IST

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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