One adorable tiny kid who has been a constant in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's life is his daughter Ziva. Accompanying Dhoni to all the matches in the World Cup 2019, and being a part of his post-game celebrations — Ziva has been the apple of everyone's eye with her antics on and off field.
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He doesn't know if the cricketer in him is any different since fatherhood but Mahendra Singh Dhoni says daughter Ziva has certainly changed the person that he is, especially in his attempts to keep her on the "backfoot".
The 37-year-old spoke on the rarely touched subject of his life after fatherhood in a sports show back in June 2018.
"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.
And the many tough aspects that he has had to deal with include ensuring that she falls in line by the mere mention of his name.
"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.
"I don't know how much she follows cricket, how much she understands, but I have to bring her one day for the post match presentation and she (can) just start answering all the questions," he quipped in an interview in 2018.
(With inputs from PTI)