When Men in Blue will be taking on the West Indies in limited-overs series and the two ICC World Test Championship matches, former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be serving in the Kashmir Valley as Lt Col Dhoni with his Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment.
On two-month sabbatical from Indian national cricket team, Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Dhoni is proceeding to join his allotted unit in the Kashmir Valley. He will be part of the Victor Force from July 31 to August 15.
On Dhoni’s request, the Army Headquarters has permitted the Lt Col to take on the patrolling, guard and post duties. He would be staying with the troops, will undergo training and live like as one of them.
Territorial Army’s Parachute Regiment has its headquarter in Bengaluru. But Dhoni wanted to be with the unit in the Kashmir Valley and face the challenges with fellow soldiers.
“As requested by the officer and approved by Army Headquarters, Dhoni will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and will be staying with the troops,” the Army said in a statement.
Dhoni had undergone training with the Special Forces in Agra in 2015 and performed five jumps to qualify as a paratrooper. He had also taken training to fire weapons and among other activities.
Dhoni, who still hasn’t announced retirement from both forms of the limited overs international cricket, may return for the series against New Zealand and South Africa. He is also expected to don Chennai Super Kings yellow jersey for at least one more Indian Premier League season.