Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni has completed his 2-week stint with the Territorial Army and has returned home now. Just days after the completion of the World Cup, the former India skipper took a break from cricket in order to serve the Army in Kashmir. MS Dhoni joined the Territorial Army – 106 TA Battalion (Para) in Jammu and Kashmir on July 30 and had trained with the Battalion over the last 2 weeks.
The honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army had completed his stint on August 15. MS Dhoni was deployed in the Kashmir valley as part of Victor Force. The wicketkeeper-batsman stayed with the troops and took on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty. On the day of India’s 73rd Independence Day he was in Ladakh, the new Union Territory. He was welcomed by the Army personnel who also took him to the General Hospital of the Army.
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“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,” senior army official had said.
Dhoni, in fact, had also plans to visit Siachen. During his short stint with the Army, Dhoni received ammunition training and lessons on army patrolling, according to The Times of India. He had also visited Uri and Anantnag during his stint in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Saturday, the legendary cricketer was on his way back to New Delhi. The World Cup-winning cricketer was spotted at the Leh airport. Here are some photos of Dhoni from the airport:
The focus will now be on MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket. There was very little clarity surrounding his future after India’s World Cup exit. Speculations were rife that Dhoni would retire soon but it looks unlikely now.
“We did discuss with him [Dhoni’s future],” MSK Prasad had said.
“Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni… he knows when to retire. But as far as the future roadmap is considered, that is in the hands of the selectors,” he had added.