All MS Dhoni fans know that along with being an exemplary cricketer and captain, he is a daunting father too. All throughout the IPL 2018 season, Dhoni was accompanied by his wife Sakshi Singh Dhoni and daughter Ziva Dhoni.
Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to victory in the tournament. Though his focus would be completely on the game while it was on, he switched from the captain’s role to a father’s role the moment the match would get over and Ziva will come running on the ground.
In a recent interview with Star Sports, Dhoni said, “I had a wonderful time with her (Ziva), she was there for the whole of IPL and one of her biggest requests used to be I have to go to the ground, that is lawn for her. And also, there are lot of kids in the team. I would get up by 1:30, 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon. Ziva is up by the time, she gets up by 8.30 or 9, have her breakfast, engage with everyone, start playing. I feel it just relaxes us a bit more when the kids are playing with each other.”
The captain cool also admitted that fatherhood has changed him as a person. “I don’t know whether it has changed me as a cricketer, as a person yes of course because daughters are very close to their fathers,” Dhoni said.
“In my case the problem is when she (Ziva) was born I was not there (three years ago), most of the time I was playing cricket, so everything bad somehow is thrown at me (to deal with),” he added.
Dhoni also has to deal with the fact that his name is randomly used to get things done when it comes to Ziva. “Khana nahi kha rahi hai, papa aa jayenge khana khao (when she is not eating foot, she is told dad will come have food), is she is doing something wrong, papa aa jaeynge mat karo. So, in a way she looks at me and she is slightly on the back-foot,” Dhoni said.