The former Indian cricket team captain has skipped the India-West Indies tour to serve the Parachute Regiment.
World cup winning captain MS Dhoni is all set to join 106 TA Battalion Para, situated in the Kashmir Valley, as part of the Victor Force.
The former Indian captain is also a Lieutenant colonel (Honorary) in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment. He was awarded this post by the Indian Army in 2011.
Dhoni will be with the army unit from 31st July to 15 Aug 2019. He will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with the soldiers.
In 2015, Dhoni became a qualified paratrooper after having completing parachute training at the Agra training camp.
Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni is proceeding to 106 Territorial Army Battalion (Para) for being with the Battalion from 31 Jul-15 Aug 2019. The unit is in Kashmir as part of Victor Force.He'll be taking duties of patrolling, guard&post duty and will be staying with troops pic.twitter.com/q7ddDR4fSk
— ANI (@ANI) July 25, 2019
Dhoni always wanted to serve the nation by joining an army and this is his first assignment on duty.
Reports suggest that he will be training with the jawans and will have to follow the army life like any other soldier.
After Team India exit from the ICC World Cup 2019, rumours were rife that the former captain will take retirement from ODI and T-20 cricket.
However, the ever so unpredictable Dhoni stumped everyone when he announced that he would not be available for the West Indies tour starting from Aug 3.
Current reports suggest that captain Virat Kohli and BCCI don’t want Dhoni to hang the boots till T-20 World Cup in 2020. They ant Dhoni to train the young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant. He has been included as the first choice keeper for the squads named for the various series in the West Indies.