Anand Mahindra turned the clock back to three years, as he shared a video of Mahendra Singh Dhoni attending a meeting with the Armed Forces. The former skipper, in 2011, was given an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel and has undergone training for a brief period with the para regiment. During the course of his training in Agra, Dhoni is believed to have done five parachute jumps during the training period.
The video shared by Anand Mahindra shows Dhoni entering the training camp in a car, following which he salutes the officers and proceeds to head inside. He said that the three-year-old video was posted in his WhatsApp wonder box and said that Dhoni looked good in the military uniforms. He also complimented Dhoni's allotted transport, which is a Mahindra XUV, a by-product of the Anand Mahindra owned Mahindra and co.
See Anand Mahindra's tweet here:
As per Army sources, MS Dhoni’s request to train with the Indian Army has been approved by COAS General Bipin Rawat. He would train with the Parachute Regiment battalion. Some part of the training is also expected to take place in J&K. Army won't allow Dhoni to be part of any active Op. The former skipper had earlier revealed that he will not be available for selection for upcoming India's tour of West Indies.
Dhoni's love for the military had also become a big talking point in the beginning stages of the World Cup after he was spotted sporting the 'Balidaan Badge' Army insignia during the stumping of Andile Phehlukwayo in India's opener against South Africa. The regimental dagger is the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces with whom Dhoni has also undergone a brief period of training.
As the 38-year-old has backed out from the tour, youngster Rishabh Pant will be the first choice wicket-keeper in all the three formats i.e. T20I's, ODI's & Tests while Wriddhiman Saha will also be roped in for the Test series.