MS Dhoni joins Indian Army TA 106 Battalion
- MS Dhoni joined a battalion headquartered in Bengaluru
- Dhoni is expected to train with the Parachute Regiment for 2 months
- Dhoni was not picked in Indian squad for India's tour of West Indies
- 2011 World Cup-winning former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni
is going to join the Indian Army
soon. MS Dhoni joined a battalion, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru. He will join the 106th Parachute Battalion
of the Territorial Army
(TA) posted in Kashmir on July 31. It was informed by the army that Lt Colonel (Honorary)
MS Dhoni is going to join the 106th Territorial Army battalion (parachute) to join his battalion from July 31 to August 15, 2019. The unit is in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor Force. After joining the battalion, Dhoni will take on duty like guard, post duty, petrol, and stay with the soldiers.
The wicketkeeper-batsman had made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour
where India will be playing three T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches beginning August 3. Dhoni had conveyed to the Army that he would like to serve his battalion which is at present stationed in Kashmir valley.
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- The 38-year-old Indian former captain MS Dhoni holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion).
- The honour was accorded to him by the Indian Army in 2011. MS Dhoni was given this honour along with Abhinav Bindra and Deepak Rao.
- The Ranchi cricketer became a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircrafts in the Agra training camp in 2015.
In a statement, the Indian Army said, "Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni is proceeding to 106 TA Battalion (Para) for being with the Battalion from 31 Jul-15 Aug 19. As requested by the officer and approved by Army Headquarters, he will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with troops, the statement said".
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