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03 December 2023

Dhoni, Sakshi name baby girl Ziba; means beauty in Persian

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, right, is hugged by his wife Sakshi after his team's win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League final cricket match in Chennai, India, Saturday, May 28, 2011. Chennai won by 58 runs. (AP)

By Correspondent

India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and wife Sakshi have named their daughter Ziba, according to reports.

The name is a Persian word, which means beauty.

The baby was due in March but was born almost a month earlier.

Sakshi gave birth to a baby girl at a private hospital in Gurgaon on Friday.

The baby weighs 3.7 kg, according to the doctors.

The delivery happened through a c-section. The couple had been consulting at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) for the past few months and was last spotted at the hospital mid-November last year.

Dhoni is currently busy preparing for India's title defence at the World Cup in Australia.

Indian captain said a day later that both mother and daughter were in good health.

Dhoni missed the birth of his first child but when asked whether he would rather have been in India in recent days he said: "Not really."
"I have been blessed with a baby daughter. Mum and daughter both are good," AFP reports.
"But as of now I am on national duties so I think everything else can wait. The World Cup is a very important campaign."
India played their final tri-series game on January 30 and will begin the defence of their World Cup title against traditional rivals Pakistan on February 15 in Adelaide.

Sakshi is generally seen travelling with her husband on tours but she did not travel with Dhoni during the Australia tour. Dhoni had tied the nuptial knot with childhood friend Sakshi Singh Rawat on July 4, 2010.