Adelaide: India’s one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed the birth of his first child, a daughter born on Friday, but when asked whether he would rather have been in India in recent days, he told reporters here: “Not really. I have been blessed with a baby daughter. Mum and daughter both are good. But as of now I am on national duty so I think everything else can wait. The World Cup is a very important campaign.”
MS Dhoni with wife Sakshi. PIC/PTI
Dhoni hoped that his team’s recent break after the unsuccessful Test and tri-series would have recharged his men for the World Cup and has not left them “over-cooked”.
“It’s not easy to play four Test matches followed by a tri-nation series so this break would have definitely helped them to recharge their batteries ... only time will tell. In a lighter vein, he added, “I know that cooked and over-cooked is a very fine line between them and especially if you do a barbecue you can understand that,” he added.
When contacted at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, Sakshi Dhoni’s mother, said: “Sakshi is very tired and the girl was crying whole night yesterday. Hence, Sakshi could not sleep properly.” The family has not chosen the name of the girl. “That will be decided by Sakshi and Dhoni. Let them decide,” she said.
- Bipin Dani