Lieutenant Colonel Mahendra Singh Dhoni's stint with the 106th battalion of the Territorial Army came to an end as on August 15, after the former skipper included himself in the Armed Forces training from the end of last month for fifteen days. The former Indian skipper had undertaken the duties of a soldier and had undergone patrolling and guard duties training and had recused himself from the current tour of West Indies.
Lt Col Dhoni had reportedly visited Leh on 15 August and had paid tributes to the martyrs of the war at the Siachen War Memorial and went to the Siachen Battle School. A picture of the former skipper playing cricket at Leh in a basketball court with people watching on has gone viral, as Dhoni went back to doing what he loved and was best at - cricket.
Here's the picture shared by the Chennai Super Kings on their social handle:
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.