MS Dhoni begins Army stint in Kashmir

MS Dhoni had opted out of the tour of West Indies to serve the Territorial Army till Independence Day. Dhoni was awarded the honorary rank of Lt. Colonel in 2011, and he is also a qualified paratrooper.
MS Dhoni begins Army stint in KashmirMS Dhoni begins Army stint in Kashmir
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Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni joined the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army in Kashir on Wednesday. The Indian wicket-keeper had opted out of the tour to West Indies to serve his unit for two weeks from July 31 to August 15. He will stay with the 106 TA Battalion (Para) till Independence Day and will undertake his duties with the troops. 

 "Lt Col Dhoni arrived here today and has joined his unit," one of the officials said. Last week, the cricketer had rquested to stay with the unit as a part of the Victor Force and perform duries of patrolling, guarding and post duty. 

The unit is deployed in the military-infested South Kashmir region. 

Army Chief Bipin Rawat told NDTV that Dhoni is well-equipped to perform his duties, and will be protecting his country. 

"When a citizen of India wants to don the military uniform then he has to also 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.

"In fact, he will be protecting a lot of other people because he will now be performing with the 106 Territorial Army Battalion (Para). It is a very good battalion and they have been performing line of communication duties, static protection and he will be a part of it.

"I don't think we will need to protect him, he will protect the citizens and garrison entrusted to his task," the Army Chief had said.

Dhoni had received the honarary rank of Lt. Colonel in 2011. He is also a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute jumps in 2015. 

The Territorial Army's role is to relieve the regular Army from static duties and help civil administration during natural calamities and emergencies.

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