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Hardik Pandya not a Test allrounder yet - Holding

Michael Holding believes Pandya is not effective as a batsman, and lacks control and consistency with the ball


'If you want control, Pandya isn't your man yet'

West Indies legend says Hardik Pandya is far from where he needs to be to press forward his case as a genuine Test allrounder


Krishnaswamy: It's the conditions, stupid

Before being too harsh on the Indian batsmen, it's worth looking at the bowling-friendly conditions offered to them in SA and England

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Arsenal still a laughing stock but they are improving

Arsenal's enduring commitment to slapstick comedy has become one of the key selling points of the Premier League in recent years. Unai Emery might be a new broom, but it's clear he hasn't arrived with a magic wand.

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Can Aubameyang and Lacazette coexist on the pitch?

The FC crew discuss how important the relationship between Aubameyang and Lacazette is for Arsenal and how Unai Emery can utilise both forwards.


Is Cech really better than Leno at Arsenal?

Petr Cech is so bad with his feet that it makes you wonder how bad Bernd Leno must be with his hands if Unai Emery doesn't see him as Arsenal No.1.

Ajit Wadekar 1941-2018


The man who steered India from an also-ran to a world power

Ajit Wadekar was appointed to the role of India captain on a whim, and rewarded the faith placed in him with two iconic series wins

'A father figure and a shrewd tactician'

The cricketing fraternity reacts to the death of former India captain Ajit Wadekar

Serenity at its cold-blooded best

The story of Wadekar's India

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Iconic Asian medals: TC Yohannan's great leap in 1974

As part of the special series featuring India's most iconic Asian Games moments, Yohannan remembers his record-setting long jump gold in 1974 Tehran.

Iconic Asian Games medals: India's historic volleyball bronze in Seoul

As part of the special series featuring India's most iconic Asian Games moments, PV Ramanna recalls why India's volleyball bronze in 1986 was a special one.

Iconic Asian Games medals - Kamaljeet Kaur Sandhu on her 1970 gold

Kamaljeet Kaur Sandhu says it took her time to understand that the historic individual gold in Bangkok was a recognition for the country.


Transfer Talk: Mou dares Pogba to hand in transfer request

The fraught relationship between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba is apparently approaching a breaking point. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Alderweireld to Bayern Munich

Toby Alderweireld to Bayern Munich and Lucas Moura to Real Betis are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

Roma struck gold with Steven N'Zonzi

The ESPN FC guys explain what Roma are getting in new signing Steven N'Zonzi, including how his World Cup success will be an asset to the team.


Balotelli wants out of Nice, but no one's calling

Mario Balotelli may want out at Nice, but according to ESPN FC's Julien Laurens, clubs aren't lining up to rescue the temperamental Italian striker.


Deadline Day in 90 Seconds: Everton buy everyone

Let the Exploding Heads take you around the whirlwind action of the Premier League's transfer deadline day.


Most expensive English transfers this summer

Now that the English transfer window is closed, take a look back at the most expensive players bought in the Premier League this summer.

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Atleti win Super Cup, snap European 'derbi' hex

Diego Costa and Atletico Madrid both reversed history and fired a real warning shot in beating Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real Madrid in the Super Cup.

Costa: 'Very happy' to see Atleti take down Real

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa said his team extracted some revenge over rival Real Madrid following their UEFA Super Cup win.

Correa, Costa 9/10 as Atleti outlast rivals Real

Diego Costa scored twice against Real Madrid and was the man of the match as Atletico Madrid finally got over the hump against Real in Europe.

Costa: I still admire Ramos after Super Cup tussle

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa insists he has the utmost respect for Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and will always shake hands and move on after the final whistle.


Burley: Atleti pounced on Ronaldo-less Real Madrid

Craig Burley explains how the absences of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to embolden Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.


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Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a surprise defeat to Lesia Tsurenko at the Cincinnati Open.


De Bruyne arrives on crutches at Man City's film premiere

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne arrived at the premier of Manchester City's film about their title winning season on crutches after suffering an injury to his right knee at training.


Simeone: I'm proud to end Madrid's cup-winning run

Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone hailed his side's ability to break Real Madrid's 18-year winning run in continental cup finals.


Messi: Barca determined to bring UCL trophy home

New Barcelona captain Lionel Messi made clear his side's desire to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy back to the Camp Nou this season.


Sloane Stephens eases into Cinci third round

Sloane Stephens beat Tatjana Maria 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.


Man City have the depth to cope during De Bruyne's absence

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop assesses how Man City will fare in Kevin De Bruyne's absence following his recent knee injury.


Assessing Alexis Sanchez's importance for Man United

Will Alexis Sanchez be the key to Manchester United's success this season? The ESPN FC guys weigh in.


Kvitova 'confident' about Cinci chances after beating Serena

Petra Kvitova revealed her confidence has increased after knocking out one of the world's best in Serena Williams at the Cincinnati Open.


Will Spain's UCL dominance continue this season?

With a Spanish team winning each of the last five Champions League titles, is this the year their dominance comes to an end?


Barcelona's new additions impress in Gamper Trophy

Following their 3-0 victory over Boca Juniors in the Joan Gamper Trophy match, the FC crew share their impressions of Barca's new-look side.


Iniesta scores another magical goal for Kobe

After scoring a fine first goal for new club Vissel Kobe, Andres Iniesta backed that up with another magical strike against Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J League.


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England v India

Manjrekar: Why has the quality of Test batsmanship deteriorated?

India have struggled in England, but batsmen of just about every team fare poorly away from home these days

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