Former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, an honorary Lieutenant Colonel, will join the army troops in Kashmir valley by month-end and will carry out patrolling, guard duties and similar responsibilities just like other soldiers. Meanwhile, the Army chief Bipin Rawat feels MS Dhoni doesn’t require any safe guards.
Dhoni will be stationed in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor Force. Dhoni, it was revealed, will take on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty. And also, he will stay with the troops during the 2-week period.
Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni is proceeding to 106 TA Battalion (Para) for being with the Battalion from 31 Jul-15 Aug 19. Dhoni had taken a two-month break from cricket to serve his regiment.
Chief General Bipin Rawat while talking to the press on the eve of Kargil Vijay Diwas said, “Well, when a citizen of India dons the military uniform, he also has to be prepared to fulfil the task for which the uniform has been assigned to him.”
MS Dhoni has carried out basic training:
The Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, on July 26, made it public that MS Dhoni will no longer need any protection as he is now responsible to protect the common citizens of India.
He then went on to add, “I think MS Dhoni has carried out his basic training. We know he will be able to accomplish the task. In fact, he will be protecting a lot of other people. Because now he will be performing with the 106 Infantry Battalion Territorial Army of the Parachute Regiment. I don’t think we will need to protect him. He will protect the citizens and garrison entrusted to his task,” the Army Chief said.”
It was also made clear that as per the request of the officer and approved by Army Headquarters that Dhoni will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with the troops.
MS Dhoni has taken a two-month sabbatical from cricket to serve his unit. In 2015, Dhoni became a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft at the Agra training camp.