Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) request to train with Indian Army has been approved by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. He will train with the parachute regiment battalion. Some parts of training are expected in Jammu and Kashmir. However, Army will not allow Dhoni to be part of any active operation.
The 38-year-old Dhoni made himself “unavailable” for the Indian Cricket team for two months and stopped the speculation on his retirement. In the parachute regiment of the Territorial Army, honorary Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni decided to stay with his regiment for the next two months, which got the approval of Army Chief.
According to sources, MS Dhoni will not be part of any active duty or operations but will undergo training with the jawans and live like any other soldier. They said he had written to the Army authorities wanting to spend two months with the force.
Top Army Sources: MS Dhoni’s request to train with the Indian Army has been approved by General Bipin Rawat. He would train with the Parachute Regiment battalion. Some part of the training is also expected to take place in J&K. Army won't allow Dhoni to be part of any active Op. pic.twitter.com/jMCHExc9JS— ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2019
As per the BCCI Official (unnamed source) said that MS Dhoni has asked the selectors for a 2-month break so that he can spend the time with his regiment.
“Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment,” the official told PTI.
MS Dhoni has completed the Jump of Para troopers.
In 2011, Dhoni was given the rank of honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Army as he is a youth icon and the Army wanted to attract youngsters. He is the second cricketer to receive this honor. Kapil dev has received this honor before this. Ms Dhoni belongs to the Parachute Regiment of the Army and he has also taken the training in the firing of weapons and other activities in the Indian Army.
But MS Dhoni wanted to be a part of PARA Special Forces of Indian Army so he wrote to the Army saying he wanted to become a true paratrooper by carrying out the essential jumps. After this MS Dhoni took training in paratrooping. He also did Para Basic Course in Agra in 2015 and carried out five jumps to qualify as a paratrooper. The fifth jump was from an AN-32 transport aircraft at a height of 1,250 feet.
When MS Dhoni was taking his training in Agra for one month then he stayed in normal Army lodging. He followed all drills like any soldier including folding his own parachute. An Army Source said, “HeDhoni) came to the establishment in an Audi car but used only Army Gypsy for the one month he was with us. His Audi used to be a back-up.”