Former India captain MS Dhoni is currently in Kashmir, serving the Indian army. Dhoni is serving the Territorial Army as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel. The World Cup-winning skipper, who has been facing criticism in recent times, took a two-month break from cricket to serve the army. He was recently seen enjoying a game of volleyball with his fellow soldiers. A viral picture also showed him polishing his shoes as Dhoni continues to enjoy his life in the uniform.
Dhoni also had an unpleasant experience while performing duties in a region where the common mass do not completely back India. He recently visited Baramulla and the experience was not pleasant at all. Hundreds of locals came to saw Dhoni but their intention was pretty much different. Instead of catching a glimpse of the legendary cricketer, they were in a mood to protest. As soon as they saw Dhoni, they started slogans of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi.
But just like he behaves on the cricket field, Dhoni remained cool and composed. He is now going to make his fans even more proud with yet another brilliant act in army uniform. The legendary cricketer is all set to unfurl the tricolour on the occasion of Independence Day in Leh in the newly-created union territory of Ladakh.
Dhoni is currently serving in Khrew in the Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir, along with members of his Territorial Army battalion. Defence sources said on Thursday that Dhoni is scheduled to travel along with his regiment to Leh on August 10.
“Dhoni is a brand ambassador of the Indian Army. He has engaged in motivating members of his unit and has often been playing football and volleyball with the soldiers. He is also undertaking battle training exercises with the corps. He will remain in the valley till August 15,” an army official told IANS.
The exact location where Dhoni will hoist the national flag on Independence Day is still not known. The government of India had launched a community mobilisation programme across all 4,900 gram panchayats of Jammu & Kashmir from June prior to the withdrawal of special category status to the state.
The fans, nonetheless, will be eager to see Dhoni in action soon on the cricket field. India are set to host South Africa next month. However, with India only to play T20Is and Tests against the Proteas, it would be interesting to see whether the selectors pick him. Dhoni has already retired from Tests and is not an integral part of the T20I team.