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Itís Brazil almost all the way
- A Telegraph Exclusive
-Team Indiaís pick for 2006 World Cup

Kingston: Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel and Yalaka Venugopal Rao arenít interested in soccer, but their teammates are. As for coach Greg Chappell, he used to be a big fan, but hasnít exactly been following soccer in recent times. Barring the trio, the rest spoke to The Telegraph (at the Hilton) and made their pick for the forthcoming World Cup.

Here goes (alphabetically):


Favourite team

Ajit Agarkar: Brazil.

Greg Chappell: Used to be Brazil...

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Brazil.

Rahul Dravid: Brazil.

Mohammed Kaif: Portugal.

Ramesh Powar: Brazil.

Suresh Raina: England.

Virender Sehwag: Brazil.

Harbhajan Singh: Brazil.

Rudra Pratap Singh: Brazil.

Yuvraj Singh: England.

Sreesanth: Brazil.

Robin Uthappa: Brazil.

Likely winner of the 2006 World Cup

Agarkar: Argentina or Brazil.

Chappell: Certainly wonít be Australia!

Dhoni: Brazil, obviously.

Dravid: Brazil.

Kaif: Portugal. I backed them in the last Euro as well.

Powar: Brazil.

Raina: England.

Sehwag: Canít say.

Harbhajan: Brazil.

Rudra Pratap: Brazil.

Yuvraj: England or Brazil.

Sreesanth: England.

Uthappa: Brazil or England.

Favourite player

Agarkar: Zidane, Ronaldinho... Earlier, it would be Diego Maradona.

Chappell: Nobody from the present times... I used to be a fan of Pele, Bobby Charlton and George Best.

Dhoni: Zidane.

Dravid: Ronaldinho.

Kaif: Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard.

Powar: Roberto Carlos.

Raina: Wayne Rooney.

Sehwag: Ronaldinho.

Harbhajan: Ronaldinho.

Rudra Pratap: Ronaldinho, Ronaldo.

Yuvraj: Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Sreesanth: Ronaldinho.

Uthappa: Rooney.

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