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.
The former Indian skipper returned to New Delhi and is with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva, according to sources.
Lieutenant Colonel MS 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. During his visit to Ladakh on Independence Day, sources suggest that Dhoni will also be visiting the Siachen War Memorial to pay tribute and respects to the martyrs of the Indian freedom struggle.
The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas and is the second-longest glacier in the region where the Line of Control between India and Pakistan ends.
The 38-year-old visited Leh on August 12th and participated in training there. He also visited the Army Goodwill School, Bhudkut where he interacted with the students. During his training, the former skipper is said to have learned about patrolling, ammunition lessons and weapon firing. Dhoni was also reportedly taught about how to target an enemy and how to escape from becoming a target.
MS Dhoni formally joined para regiment on July 31. MS Dhoni had earlier announced that he would be unavailable for the upcoming Windies trip and would serve the Indian Army. Confirming his request, the Indian Army Headquarters on Thursday said that he will be stationed with the Victor Force in the Kashmir Valley and will be taking up patrolling, guard and post duty. They further informed that MS Dhoni who holds a Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) shall be staying with troops.
Mahi is a part of Indian territorial army's 106th Battalion (para). The World Cup 2011 winning skipper is a part of TA's 106th Infantry Battalion and was awarded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman had also trained with the para regiment after he was given the honorary rank in 2011 in Agra and has completed five parachute jumps.