Lieutenant Colonel Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined the Indian Army troops in the south Kashmir region earlier in July in order to carry out patrolling, guard duties and similar responsibilities just like other brave soldiers of the country. In two exclusive videos accessed by Republic TV, Captain Cool can be seen playing Volleyball with his Territorial Army Battalion.
In the first video, Dhoni is playing Volleyball with other soldiers in a red jersey. It's his turn to serve, and he follows it up by moving forward towards the net awaiting a volley. However, the return never arrives, likely meaning that his service was quite good. In the second video, he can be seen in a blue jersey awaiting a return. He's also wearing his camouflage fatigues and heavy boots, playing the sport alongside other Victor Force personnel.
Further, in another picture, Lt Col MS Dhoni who is with the 106 TA Battalion (Para) till August 15, was also seen autographing a bat for another officer. The 38-year-old former Skipper had decided to skip Team India's tour of the West Indies in order to pursue a stint with the Army, formally joining the para regiment on July 31 after his request was approved.
The Chennai Super Kings skipper has often worn his respect and admiration for India's forces on his sleeve, sometimes literally, as was witnessed at the recent World Cup when he wore the Balidan badge of the Territorial Army as an insignia on his gloves - which he was later asked to remove on account of the BCCI not having taken the ICC's permission thereby violating the apparel rules. At that time, Indians from all over the world had saluted MS Dhoni and supported his right to wear the insignia. Subsequent to the tournament, he chose to give Team India's West Indies tour the skip to pursue a stint with the Army, which was approved.
It was in 2011 that Dhoni was first inducted into the Territorial Army and awarded the honourary rank of Lieutenant Colonel at a ceremony in Agra. He has also completed five parachute jumps.