01 August 2019
New Delhi: Former Indian captain M.S. Dhoni has kicked-off his stint with the Territorial Army and an image of the the 38-year-old has gone viral on social media in which he is seen signing a cricket bat for one of the soldiers.
Dhoni has taken a two-month break from the Indian team and is currently with the 106 TA Battalion (Para) of the Indian Army. The unit is deployed in south Kashmir region as part of Victor Force and the stumper is expected to be with them till August 15.
Earlier, images of Dhoni, was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011, travelling to Srinagar with one of his manager in a flight was also widely circulated across various social media platforms.
"Lt. Col Dhoni arrived here today and has joined his unit," one of the officials had said on Tuesday.
Earlier, Army chief Bipin Rawat had said that Dhoni had completed his basic training and expressed faith that the cricketer would perform all his duties.
"When a citizen of India wants to don the military uniform then he has to be prepared to fulfill the task for which the uniform has been assigned to him. MS Dhoni has carried out his basic training and we know that he will be able to accomplish the task," Rawat had said.