India vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday refused to comment on the Mahendra Singh Dhoni gloves controversy, saying it will be for everyone to see whether the former captain will sport the regimental dagger insignia on his keeping gloves during India’s clash against Australia on Sunday.”I don’t know what is happening with that (the gloves controversy), I have nothing to say. Maybe you’ll see tomorrow,” Rohit told reporters on the eve of India’s World Cup clash against defending champions Australia.India’s opening game in the ongoing World Cup against South Africa on Wednesday saw Dhoni once again profess his love for the security forces after he was spotted with the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves.The Army insignia was spotted on Dhoni’s gloves as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.While the BCCI asked the ICC to allow Dhoni to continue sporting the insignia, the game’s governing body rejected the plea, saying that the regulations for ICC events didn’t permit any individual message and that the logo also breached the regulations in relation to what was permitted on wicketkeeping gloves.Talking about his match-winning 122 against South Africa in India’s cup opener, Rohit said it was a special knock, one which he rated very highly.”My 122 not out at Southampton was a very special hundred. One of my best. It wasn’t an easy pitch and I had to be patient. It wasn’t a typical innings from me. Not my best, but right up there,” Rohit said.advertisementAsked about breaking records at the World Cup, Rohit, who already has three ODI double centuries to his name, said: “Personally I don’t look at getting past anyone’s record. I have to get the job done for the team. That’s what matters. Opening wasn’t easy for me initially. The journey continues. I want to win maximum games for my country.”The senior batsman also backed K.L. Rahul who batted at No. 4 for India in the first match, settling the much-debated issue of who should bat in that position. While Rahul did not get as many runs as he would have liked, the right-hander forged a crucial partnership with Rohit.”KL (Rahul) didn’t get a lot of runs in the last game, but he looked good and helped me put on a big partnership. His 26 was as good as a 50. I have a lot of hope on him for the tournament,” he said.Rohit further said that the 2017 Champions Trophy played in England and Wales, in which he amassed 304 runs from five innings, gave him a lot of confidence. “Champions Trophy gave me a lot of confidence. Opening hasn’t been easy, it’s a challenge. I’ve really understood my game in the last 4-5 years.Also Read | No player will think of what MS Dhoni is sporting on his gloves on Sunday: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Tough to understand how ICC has a problem: RP Singh on MS Dhoni glove controversyAlso See
Manchester United We are not heroes one day and villains the next – Mourinho continues defence of Sevilla exit Jamie Smith 02:15 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United v Sevilla Liverpool Sevilla UEFA Champions League After an extraordinary pre-match media conference on Friday, the Special One has again defended his side’s European elimination Jose Mourinho has continued his impassioned defence of Manchester United’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla.A brace from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder sent the La Liga side into the quarter-finals at Old Trafford on Tuesday, earning a 2-1 aggregate win.Mourinho subsequently launched a 12-minute defence of his United record at Friday’s news conference ahead of an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton and Hove Albion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And in his programme notes for Saturday’s tie at Old Trafford, the Portuguese again indicated he has not been unduly affected by the loss to Vincenzo Montella’s men, which came after three successive Premier League wins including a derby defeat of Liverpool.”I like us to control our emotions,” he wrote. “We are not supporters, we are not media, we are professionals, men in victory and men in defeat, honest and dedicated people in good and bad moments.”We are not the heroes one day and the villains the next day. I didn’t want us to spend too long celebrating when we beat Liverpool a week ago and I don’t want us to spend too long being upset after Tuesday night.”The boss wraps up a passionate 12-minute message to #MUFC fans during his press conference… pic.twitter.com/JRaaBMpdcd— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 16, 2018Mourinho’s negative tactics were widely criticised following his side’s European exit, with Romelu Lukaku’s late reply proving a mere consolation for last season’s Europa League winners.”I was happy to see such sadness in our dressing room on Tuesday evening after we went out of the Champions League against Sevilla,” added Mourinho. “It was important to feel hurt by what happened.”It was even more important, however, to make sure that our sadness quickly passed and the players got back on the training ground to focus on tonight’s match.”We left the Champions League this season, but we were the ones that brought the club back to the competition and we are fighting to be there again next season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.