Few days after former Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced that he will be joining the para regiment, his request to train with the Indian Army has been approved by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.
Quoting top army sources, a media report said that the former Indian captain would train with the Parachute Regiment battalion.
Some part of the training is also expected to take place in Jammu and Kashmir. But Army won’t allow him to be part of any active Operations, the report suggests.
Clearing the weeks of speculations, former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday informed BCCI that he will be “unavailable” for India’s tour of West Indies.
Stating that he will be joining para regiment for the next 2 months, Dhoni holds an honorary post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute regiment of the Territorial Army since 2011.
His announcement came at a time when there were high speculations about his retirement from international cricket, soon after India lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup.
Dhoni was criticised by fans and cricket pundits for being unable to accelerate the scoring rate in the death overs.
On Sunday, MSK Prasad led selection committee of the BCCI announced Indian squad for the tour, eventually missing Dhoni.
When asked about Dhoni at the Press Conference, Prasad said, “He has expressed his unavailability for the West Indies tour but we have a road map for coming days and future of India cricket.”
The honorary rank he holds belongs to the Territorial Army’s 106 Infantry Battalion headquartered in Bengaluru.
In 2015, Dhoni underwent training to qualify as a paratrooper with the Special Forces in Agra. He spent a month at the Army lodging in Agra and was given training in weapons firing too.