World cup winning former Indian cricketer MS Dhoni has begun his two-month training with Indian Army’s Parachute regiment. On Wednesday, Dhoni joined battalion, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru.
Speaking IANS, sources in the know of developments said the plan was in the pipeline for a while.
“Just like MS Dhoni has been one of the greatest servants of Indian cricket, his love for the armed forces is also well-known. This idea that he would go and spend time with his regiment was in the pipeline for a while but it took a backseat due to his cricketing commitments.
“This will also help increase awareness among the youth about the armed forces and that is what Dhoni wants,” the source said.
The 38 year old holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA Battalion)
In 2015, the Ranchi lad became a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps from India army aircraft in the Agra Training Camp.
Earlier, the veteran wicket keeper-batsman had made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour where India will be playing there T20Is, three ODIs and two test matches beginning 3rd August.