New Delhi: The Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, said about MS Dhoni, he is capable enough to protect other citizens of the country and the army wouldn’t have to worry about protecting Dhoni. Erstwhile Indian captain and Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni has commenced his two-month training with Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion) and he will be taking the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty in Kashmir. Dhoni will be with the unit, in Kashmir as part of Victor Force, from 31 Jul-15 Aug 2019.
General Rawat said, “I don’t think we will need to protect him, he will protect the citizens and garrison entrusted to his task.” “When a citizen of India wants to don the military uniform then he has to also be prepared to fulfil the task for which the uniform has been assigned to him. MS Dhoni has carried out his basic training and we know that he will be able to accomplish the task”. In fact, he will be protecting a lot of other people because he will now be performing with the 106 Territorial Army battalion (Para). It is a very good battalion and they have been performing a line of communication duties, static protection and he will be a part of it. General Rawat said.
Dhoni was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army in 2011, He skipped the India tour of West Indies, Amid mounting speculation around his international retirement after India’s semi-final exit from the recent World Cup, Dhoni has told the BCCI that he will take a two-month sabbatical from the game to serve his paramilitary regiment.
Dhoni had become a qualified paratrooper in 2015 after having completed five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft in the Agra training camp. Earlier, his request to train with the Indian Army was approved by General Bipin Rawat.
BCCI Chief Selector MSK Prasad on Sunday announced Indian squad for West Indies tour he said “We would like to clarify three things. MS Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two-month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad,” a senior BCCI official said.