Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni made himself unavailable for the upcoming tour of West Indies as he volunteered to serve the army in Kashmir and will also undertake the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty for about 15 days.
He will formally join his duty in Kashmir on July 31. MSD will stay with his regiment till August 15, the army informed in a statement on Thursday.
“Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni is proceeding to 106 Territorial Army Battalion (Para) for being with the Battalion from 31 Jul-15 Aug 2019,” the statement said.
“As requested by the officer and approved by Army Headquarters; he will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with troops,” the statement added.
Former Indian cricketer and currently a member of Parliament, Gautam Gambhir on Friday responded to MS Dhoni’s decision of joining the Indian army. The southpaw, who represents East Delhi, in Parliament, has hailed Dhoni’s move and said that this will inspire and motivate the youth of the country to join the Armed forces.
Gambhir termed Dhoni’s army stint as a ‘fantastic’ move and said it proves how much he is dedicated to serving the nation.
“Dhoni’s decision to join the army is a fantastic move. I have said many a times that Dhoni needs to do spend time with the Indian Army if he really wishes to wear the uniform and now by deciding to really serve the army he has proved his dedication,” Gambhir told ABP News.
“This move from Dhoni will motivate thousands of youngsters to join the Indian Army,” Gambhir further added.
In 2015, Dhoni lad became a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps from an Indian Army aircraft in the Agra training camp.