Former India skipper MS Dhoni has joined his battalion and will undertake duties with the troops from July 31 fr about 15 days, army revealed on Thursday. As the veteran cricketer gears up to take up the responsibility, there has been speculation surrounding his security during those days. However, Chief of Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat has said that there is no need to worry about the protection of the Indian cricketer.
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Dhoni will serve in Kashmir for 15 days
The Jharkhand-born cricketer holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion), awarded to him in 2011. Amidst his retirement debates, MS Dhoni will be with the 106 Territorial Army battalion (Para) from July 31 to August 15 and will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post his duties he will be staying with the troops.
Bipin Rawat in a chat with NDTV said that there is no need to protect the high-profile cricketer. Instead, MS Dhoni himself will protect the ordinary citizens and perform his duties entitled to him.
“I don’t think we will need to protect him, he will protect the citizens and garrison entrusted to his task,” General Rawat said.
General Bipin Rawat also shed light on what kind of duties MS Dhoni will undertake during his stint with the paramilitary forces. Dhoni has also completed parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft at the Agra training camp in 2015.
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“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 line of communication duties, static protection and he will be a part of it,” Rawat concluded.
Speaking about the game, MS Dhoni has had a poor outing in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019. He has struggled to put runs on the scoreboard at a good pace expected out of him. Soon after India’s premature exit from the World Cup, speculations were on an all-time high about his retirement. However, as per popular perception, Dhoni, who is in the twilight of his career will be with the team till the World T20 next year and help young Rishabh Pant groom before bidding farewell to the game.