MS Dhoni To Start His Army Duties As Honorary Lieutenant Colonel
Former India captain MS Dhoni commences his patrol duties in Jammu and Kashmir from Wednesday onwards. He will begin his responsibilities as an honorary lieutenant colonel in the army. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be staying with the troops for a good amount of period.
The wicketkeeper-batsman enjoys cult status in cricket-mad India is part of the Territorial Army. It is a reservist force that draws on civilians who can do short stints to assist the military.
15-Day stay for MS Dhoni:
He will do a 15-day stint with the Victor Force engaged in counter-insurgency operations. It will be against militants fighting Indian rule in the country’s only Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.
He will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty. And also, he would be staying with troops, the army said in a statement. Further, he added that its headquarters had approved a schedule which incorporated Dhoni’s requests.
Dhoni has trained as a paratrooper and jumped from aircraft, an army official said, adding, This stint in Kashmir is part of his training. Earlier, before leaving for his duties, the former captain was spotted with actor Arjun Kapoor. He was seen playing the football game for a charity along with kids.
MS Dhoni holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion). He 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.
MS 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.
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