Indian wicketkeeper and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reached Srinagar as he will undertake to patrol with the 106th Battalion of the Territorial Army from July 31 and will continue until August 15. MS Dhoni will spend the next fortnight in south Kashmir and will undertake guard duties as Honourary Lieutenant Colonel, deployed under the Victor Force of the Rashtriya Rifles.
The photos below have been clicked in-flight before Dhoni's arrival in Srinagar on Tuesday night:
MS Dhoni formally joined para regiment on July 31 and will be a part of 106 Territorial Army Battalion (Para) till August 15. 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.
With the World Cup loss of India, it is speculated that MS Dhoni might retire from his cricket career, however, brushing aside the speculations his partner Arun Pandey said that he has no plans to retire. "He has no immediate plans to retire. The constant speculation over the future of a great player like him is unfortunate," said Pandey. Pandey has been Dhoni’s long-time friend and also manages Dhoni’s business interests.
Known for being one of the best 'finisher' in the limited-overs formats, India under his captaincy has won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. A right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, Dhoni has scored more than 10,000 One Day Internationals (ODIs) runs.