Having stepped down as skipper, MS Dhoni now has more time to focus on his family when he is not busy fighting it out for the country on the cricket pitch. While he is still skipper Virat Kohli’s go-to-man when it comes to crunch situations, Dhoni is now seen spending more time with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva on days when the Indian team is not playing.
The Indian cricket team took to Instagram to post a picture of the former India skipper with his family on the streets of London. The post read: “@mahi7781 with his better half @sakshisingh_r and little Ziva #TeamIndia #CT17.”
The Indian team enjoyed their win against South Africa on Sunday by taking it easy on Monday and Tuesday and the boys are expected to sweat it out on Wednesday as they gear up for the challenge to face Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday. Dhoni has been making the most of his time with the family as wife Sakshi earlier posted a picture of the trio having food together even as daughter Ziva was busy playing with her crayons.
While India hold the edge against Bangladesh, skipper Kohli has said that the players will not be taking it easy against their Asian rivals. After a surprise group defeat by Sri Lanka in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day international sides, India responded to their 'win or go home' clash against South Africa with a commanding eight-wicket victory over the top-ranked Proteas at the Oval last weekend.
India's bowlers put the brakes on South Africa's innings while a trio of run-outs said much about the Proteas' frailty and the improved fielding standards of Kohli's men. Needing a mere 192 for victory, Kohli was there at the finish with 76 not out as India won with a whopping 12 overs to spare. It was an innings that helped take the India skipper back to number one in the ICC ODI batting rankings. Now India return to Edgbaston where they launched their title-defence with a 124-run thrashing of arch-rivals Pakistan. "We played in Birmingham before. We like that pitch. It suits our game," said Kohli after the win over South Africa. "There's no looking back. There's always room for improvement. We can't rest on your laurels.”
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First Published: June 15, 2017, 12:26 PM IST