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Sunday , May 11 , 2014
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Kohli will root for Germany

Bangalore: Virat Kohli says he will be rooting for Germany in the World Cup, which starts from June 12 in Brazil.

“This time I am really rooting for Germany because they have got one of the most dangerous sides in the world. Hopefully, this will be Germany’s year,” Kohli said on the sidelines of a promotional event.

Kohli said Philipp Lahm is his favourite German footballer as he creates most of the opportunities for his team.

“I like Philipp Lahm. I like his work ethic. Probably he is one of those guys who creates most of the chances for Germany,” said Kohli.

Kohli said Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are his two favourite international footballers.

“Ronaldo is my favourite, as well as Messi. It will be great if I can meet both of them at some point in time… Those are obviously on top of my wish list,” he said.

Kohli said Ravindra Jadeja’s football skills can leave one in splits as the all-rounder is all over the place and thinks he is as good as Ronaldo.

“It is really funny to see some of the guys trying different skills, especially Ravindra Jadeja. You should watch him play football... You will be splits. He thinks he is as good as Ronaldo when he gets the ball. I mean you should watch him. It is hilarious,” he said.

“He (Jadeja) plays everywhere. I sort of play in the midfield but I have to eventually go forward to try and score some goals. Once you give the ball to Jadeja there is no getting it back so I have to sort of take that role over,” he said.

Kohli said it was a great experience to play with international footballer Didier Drogba during an exhibition match in June last year.

Kohli said Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the best footballer in Indian team. “Everyone keenly follows international football matches… The matches generate a lot of interest. We have foreign coaches who have lot of interest in the English Premier League. Our fielding coach Trevor Penney is very passionate about Liverpool,” he said. (PTI)