MS Dhoni and Sakshi Dhoni. Photo Courtesy: Yogen Shah
MS Dhoni and Sakshi Dhoni. Photo Courtesy: Yogen Shah

Sep 4, 2014

Indian skipper MS Dhoni said that playing for his country continues to be his No 1 priority in life followed by his parents and wife Sakshi. Dhoni spoke about his career and various aspects in an interview to commentator Mark Nicholas which was published in All Out Cricket.

“I tell my wife she is only the third most important thing after my country and my parents, in that order. The point is that while I am an Indian cricketer I will devote myself to that cause. Cricket is not everything, not by any means, but it is a large part of who I am. Therefore I want to play in all formats of the game and to play as much as possible because before long it will be over. Then I’ll focus more on the Army!” Dhoni said in the interview.

Speaking about the key role Sakshi plays in his life Dhoni said, “Sakshi provides the spark I might sometimes need. Jokes aside, she is the person to whom I have reference. She is both loving and inspirational. Sometimes she travels with me but cricket is easier without having to ensure her safe passage.

“One day, we will see the sights together and she says that then, can she please move to number two on the list of my priorities! But for the moment I am here to play cricket. I have been given this honour to play for my country so I want see it through.”

Dhoni also mentioned about the heroes in his life. “I care most about how people live their lives, what choices they make and how they get the best from themselves. This is why people such as Amitabh Bachchan [Indian actor], Sachin and Rahul are heroes of mine.