Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will begin his stint with the Indian Army's Parachute Regiment from July 31 in Kashmir. Dhoni, who holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion), will be with the Battalion till August 15, which is also India's Independence Day. The unit is in Kashmir valley as part of the Victor Force.
During his posting in Kashmir, Dhoni will be performing the duties of patrolling and guard and will be staying with the troops.
Earlier, news agency IANS on Thursday reported that Dhoni has already joined the battalion, which is headquartered in Bengaluru. However, India TV has confirmed that the 38-year-old World Cup-winning captain is yet to join the regiment.
Dhoni, who was part of India's 2019 World Cup team, was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011 soon after he led India to 2011 World Cup title.
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and Deepak Rao, who is an Indian military trainer, were the other two people to receive the honorary rank.
Meanwhile, Dhoni had earlier made himself unavailable for Indian cricket team's upcoming tour of the West Indies, which includes three T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches beginning August 3.
- MS Dhoni has opted to take on patrolling, guard and post duties
- Dhoni will be deployed in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor Force
- Dhoni had made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour to serve his regiment.
MS Dhoni, India's most successful captain, had made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour.
4 years ago, MS Dhoni became a qualified paratrooper when he completed 5 parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircrafts at the Agra training camp.
In India's first match of the 2019 World Cup against South Africa, MS Dhoni had donned the Balidan crest on his wicketkeeping gloves. However, the ICC said it was against rules and he removed the crest for India's second match of the tournament against Australia.
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