Ahead of the upcoming Indian Cricket team’s tour to West Indies, former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has made himself unavailable for two months to continue with his Battalion service in the Indian army.
The announcement came amidst the rumors of MS Dhoni taking retirement. Ever Since India was dismissed by New Zealand in the Semi-Finale of World Cup 2019, MS Dhoni has been on the receiving end of criticism, coming from all around. Speculations on his future and retirement were at its peak.
On Wednesday, MS Dhoni joined his Batallion which has its headquarters in Bengaluru. A source in the know of developments revealed:
“Just like Dhoni has been one of the greatest servants of Indian cricket, his love for the armed forces is also wellknown. This idea that he would go and spend time with his regiment was in the pipeline for a while but it took a backseat due to his cricketing commitments.”
The source added:
“This will also help increase awareness among the youth about the armed forces and that is what Dhoni wants,”
The 38-years-old World-Cup winning skipper, MS Dhoni was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian army in the year 2011. MS Dhoni is in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion).
In 2015, MS Dhoni became a qualified paratrooper after completing his five jumps training from Indian Army aircraft in the Agra training camp.
As per reports, very soon, MS Dhoni will be seen patrolling on the hills of Kashmir in the Indian army uniform. Leading news media, ANI reported:
“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”
Check out the tweet of ANI:
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
On the other hand, the selectors and Indian cricket team’s staff are eyeing on Rishab Pant to replace MS Dhoni as the wicket-keeper Batsman in the squad.