first_img Next World Cup 2019: Don’t know what is happening with Dhoni gloves controversy, says Rohit SharmaWorld Cup 2019: India vice captain Rohit Sharma said he is unaware of the controversy around MS Dhoni’s gloves and people would see it on Sunday if the Indian wicket-keeper wears the same gloves against Australia.advertisement Indo Asian News Agency LondonJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 20:49 IST India’s Rohit Sharma at a press conference ahead of Australia clash (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma said he is unaware of MS Dhoni gloves controversyMS Dhoni wore gloves with Army insignia during the South Africa game in SouthamptonIndia will face Australia in their second World Cup 2019 game on SundayIndia 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 SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MS Dhoni glovesFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was flat Tuesday afternoon as traders coped with heightened uncertainty over whether a new Italian government will follow through on crucial financial reforms to deal with that country’s huge debt.The S&P/TSX composite index edged two points lower to 12,648.87, led by higher gold stocks as bullion prices surged on worries about Italy and remarks about the future of economic stimulus by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.The TSX Venture Exchange dipped 9.34 points to 1,131.66.The TSX found some support from the financial sector after Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) said Tuesday that its net income slipped to $1.05-billion or $1.53 per share from $1.12-billion or $1.63 per share a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.52, beating analyst expectations by four cents.The initial results of the Italian election showed voters were fed up with the austerity measures enacted by the previous technocratic government led by Mario Monti, who was brought in to deal with the country’s huge debt levels.But voter anger against the Monti government was channelled through several outlets. The centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani appears to have won a narrow victory in the lower house of parliament while the Senate looks split with no party in control.“We expect risky assets to remain under pressure until the picture in Italy becomes clearer,” said a commentary from Barclays Research.The Canadian dollar was little changed after six days of losses that have brought the loonie to its lowest levels since late last June. The currency was up 0.03 of a cent at 97.34 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher amid a strong earnings report from Home Depot and positive news from the housing sector.The Dow Jones industrials was up 101.2 points at 13,885.37, while the Nasdaq composite index advanced 10.53 points to 3,126.78 and the S&P 500 index climbed 6.8 points to 1,494.65.Home Depot’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income surged 32% to $1.02-billion, or 68 cents per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected 64 cents per share and its shares ran ahead 5.66% to US$67.54.Meanwhile, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index showed that American home prices rose 6.8% in December compared with the same month a year ago. That’s up from a 5.5% annual gain in November.Other data showed that U.S. new-home sales jumped nearly 16% in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008.Italy’s FTSE MIB index was the worst-performing index in Europe, closing trading 4.89% lower, having earlier been nearly five% down at one point Tuesday.The interest rate on the country’s benchmark 10-year bond — an important gauge of investor sentiment — rose by 0.38 percentage points to 4.83%.Traders have good reason to be nervous about how Italy deals with its finances. Though its budget deficit is fairly small compared with other euro countries at three% of annual gross domestic product, its overall debt stands at a huge (euro)2 trillion.Last July, concerns over the country’s ability to pay down its debt and the stability of the wider eurozone sent the interest rate on its 10-year bonds to 6.36%.“Basically, Italy is going to struggle here,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“Italy’s ability to service its debt long term is incredibly, badly impaired by its lack of growth and the lack of growth needs reforms and the kind of political environment in Italy right now is not constructive for reforms.”New York also found support from comments by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke which signalled that the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing costs low will continue.Bernanke acknowledged that the Fed’s aggressive program to buy US$85 billion a month in bonds to keep rates low could eventually ignite inflation or unsettle investors. Several Fed policy-makers said at their most recent meeting that the Fed might have to scale back its bond purchases because of those risks.But Bernanke said the risks remained contained for now.The TSX gold sector led advancers, up 1.5% as Bernanke’s remarks and the uncertainty over Italy pushed the April bullion contract $28.90 higher to US$1,615.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 83 cents to C$34.47.The metals and mining sector was slightly higher at 0.2% while March copper was up two cents at US$3.57 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) rose 30 cents to C$18.71.The energy sector fell 0.62% as the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 74 cents to US$92.37 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) slipped 41 cents to C$30.96.The information technology sector led decliners, down 0.9% as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) fell 44 cents to $26.51 while Wi-Lan Inc. (TSX:WIN) dropped 11 cents to $4.31.In other earnings news, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) said net income attributable to common shareholders was $54.6-million or 38 cents per diluted share in the three months ended Dec. 31, up from $8.4-million or six cents per diluted share in the same 2011 quarter. Revenue fell slightly to $1.2-billion from $1.24-billion and its shares were up 46 cents to $13.64. read more