Having been honoured with an honorary lieutenant colonel designation, former Indian captain MS Dhoni will spend his next two months with the Parachute Regiment.
Dhoni had expressed his unavailability for selection to the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the same reason. Now reports suggest that the Indian Army has, in fact, approved Dhoni’s request to train with them. If reports are to be believed, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat has approved MS Dhoni to train with the Parachute Regiment. Dhoni will now join the Parachute Regiment as Colonel Lieutenant.
Training in Jammu and Kashmir
Although Mahi will spend some time with his regiment, he won’t be able to be a part of any active operation. Meanwhile, reports suggest that Dhoni will go to Jammu and Kashmir for his training.
It is to be noted that MS is in touch with 106 Infantry Battalion. This Battalion is in fact a part of Parachute Regiment.
Was given the Army uniform in 2011
MS Dhoni has been a big fan of the Indian Army and is often seen wearing the camouflage on public platforms. However, it is worth noting that MS is, in fact, permitted to wear the Army Uniform. As an honorary Lieutenant Colonel, MS enjoys all the perks of being an Army soldier.
Jumped from 15,000 feet
Although the Ranchi lad had been given the designation only as a mark of respect, MS has chosen to train with the Indian Army on many occasions. A few years ago, Dhoni had trained in the Agra situated camp of the Para Regiment and practised the Para Jump.
After training in the camp, MS became the first sportsperson ever to practice Para Jump. He jumped five jumps of 15,000 feet each.
Even post-2019 World Cup, although many were of the opinion that MS will retire from cricket, no one had imagined him going back to his regiment but that is so typical of him. And he hasn’t hung up his cricketing boots either.