talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. take zlat Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino GOSSIP 1 Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father ‘perfect fit” REAL DEAL LIVING THE DREAM three-way race heading off Latest Transfer news Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out IN DEMAND Tottenham Hotspur are set to allow Heung-Min Son to play at the 2018 Asia Games as he looks avoid military service, report the London Evening Standard.All able-bodied males in South Korea must complete a mandatory 21-month stint in the army up to the age of 28, but excellent achievements in an athletic or artistic area can earn citizens a reprieve. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star If Son is allowed to attend, he could miss Spurs’ first four matches of the 2018/19 Premier League season.Previously, new Newcastle United signing Ki Sung-Yueng was able to avoid conscription and just do four weeks of combat training thanks to the bronze medal he won at the 2012 Olympics.Meanwhile, Manchester United hero Ji-Sung Park was able to evade service thanks to his participation at World Cup 2002, where he helped his nation to a fourth place finish.But with Son and his team-mates knocked out in the group stages in Russia, he is running out of chances and Tottenham, who don’t have an obligation to send the player, are set to let the dynamic and versatile represent his nation at the Asian Games in Indonesia, where South Korea are one of the top seeds. RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade WHITE KNIGHT
Virat Kohli and Co. have been the most dominant Test side in the world and have not lost a series home or away since their 2-0 defeat in their 2014-15 tour of Australia.Since that series loss, India have outplayed all their rivals winning seven consecutive Test series without much fuss. In these two and a half years India under captain Kohli have lost only two matches while have won 18 games.Kohli equalled Steve Waugh’s record of seven consecutive series wins when India decimated Australia by eight wickets at Dharamshala to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March. Ricky Ponting holds the record for 10 series victories in a row.Kohli’s record as captain in this time has been phenomenal to say the least. In 25 Tests, Kohli has registered 17 wins, two losses and five draws. Overall Kohli has 18 wins and is just five away from overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 wins and become India’s second most successful captain after Dhoni (27 wins).In-form India will look to inflict another defeat on Sri Lanka and seal the three-Test series when the two sides clash in the second rubber at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo from Thursday.India scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan making a strong case for himself with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.advertisementDhawan was adjudged Man-of-the-Match and that leaves skipper Virat Kohli with a happy headache of choosing between Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund and Rahul, who is back into the reckoning.Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103. Rahul, who laid low in the first Test with viral fever, has now recovered and if he is successful in proving his fitness for this Test, the toss-up will be between Dhawan and Mukund for the second opener’s slot.At No.3 is the ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a patient 153 off 265 balls at Galle. He will be eager to repeat his performance in what will be his career’s 50th Test.On his Test debut, all-rounder Hardik Pandya notched up a quick-fire half-century in the first essay and in just three overs given to him, scalped the wicket of Nuwan Pradeep.The Indian spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin got on to the act again, taking six wickets between them in the second innings to wipe off any resemblance of a challenge from the hosts.