Former Indian skipper and Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni will be deployed in the Victor Force in Kashmir Valley where he will stay with troops and taken on duties of patrolling, guard and post duty.
The Indian Army, in a statement, said: “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 the sport post ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to serve his regiment. Sources in the knowledge of the development said that the plan had been in the pipelines for some time.
“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 said while adding the move would increase awareness about the armed forces among the youth.
Dhoni was accorded by the Indian Army in 2011 and holds an honorary rank of the Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion). In 2015, the 38-year old qualified as a paratrooper after completing the parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft at the training camp in Agra.