Uttar Pradesh Sports Minister Chetan Chauhan has said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's act of wearing the dagger insignia on his gloves during a World Cup game showed his patriotic feelings, but players from other countries may follow suit if such things are allowed.
Reacting to the controversy, Chauhan, who was in Shirdi town of Maharashtra to offer prayers at the famous Saibaba temple, told reporters on Saturday evening that it reflected the cricketer's "desh bhakti" (patriotism), but the sportsmen are required to follow the ICC's rules.
"If such things are happening, players of other countries will follow this to put stickers on shirts, pants, bat, gloves. But as per ICC's rules, use of such badges is banned," he noted.
On the ongoing World Cup, the former batsman said two-time champions India have "100 per cent chance" of winning the event.
India, who won their lung opener against South Africa at Southhampton last week, take on current champions Australia in their second game at the Oval in London on Sunday.
"The Australian team is good, but when compared, our team is better," Chauhan said and suggested that Dhoni could bat at the fourth position instead of sixth in case the top order fails.
Dubbing opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli as the team's "nucleus", Chauhan, who played 40 Test matches, said, "We have good fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and we also have spinners."
Chauhan said in a bid to promote sports, the UP government has decided to give Rs six crore to a player from the state who wins a gold medal in the Olympics.
Besides, a player from UP who wins a silver medal in the Olympics will get Rs four crore and the one bagging a broze medal will get Rs two crore, he added.