Dhoni will take a two-month-long break from cricket, to serve in the army.
MS Dhoni didn’t perform well during the ICC Cricket World Cup and was heavily criticized because of this. Following this, rumors about him retiring started appearing. To quell the talks, Dhoni has decided to take a two-month break from cricket starting August 3 and will join India’s Army Parachute Regiment.
Some reports say that he started his service last July 24, but he has been recently spotted in the airport. On Thursday, July 25, the Indian Army stated: “Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni is proceeding to 106 TA Battalion (Para) for being with the Battalion from 31 Jul-15 Aug 19.”
He will be with a unit in the Kashmir Valley. An official statement read that “as requested by the officer and approved by Army Headquarters; he will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with troops.” Bipin Rawat, Indian Army chief, said that Dhoni doesn’t need protection since he is trained to perform his role with precision. The chief also said that he has carried out his basic training and he’s confident that he will be able to accomplish tasks given to him.
Dhoni is the Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion). The title was given to him ]back in 2011. Back in 2015, he qualified as a paratrooper after completing five parachute jumps.
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