Former India skipper MS Dhoni, who is currently serving his Territorial Army regiment, celebrated India’s 73rd Independence Day in Ladakh spending time interacting with the soldiers. Dhoni, who is a part of Parachute Regiment, reached Ladakh a day before along with his troop.
As per reports, the former Indian skipper also visited the Army General Hospital and paid tributes to the martyrs at the Siachen War Memorial. Pictures of the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman circulated on social media in which he was seen interacting with the soldiers.
It was also reported that the Indian cricketer unfurled the tricolor in Ladakh.
He visited Army General Hospital and interacted with the patients. #Dhoni is in honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in Territorial #Army. #IndependenceDayIndia #IndiaIndependenceDay#IndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/wLfCf1tLwT
— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) August 14, 2019
He visited Army General Hospital and interacted with the patients. #Dhoni is in honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in Territorial #Army. #IndependenceDayIndia #IndiaIndependenceDay#IndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/xgrPTwbhhb
— DD Bharati (@DD_Bharati) August 15, 2019
After taking a two-month break from the sport and Dhoni has been serving with the Territorial Army in Kashmir. A statement released by the army before he was sent to Kashmir said the cricketer is expected to take up duties of patrolling, guarding and post duties with the troops during his stay with the para regiment.
He is to be in Kashmir from July 31 to August 15.
The former Indian captain holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion). This is an honour he was accorded by the Army in 2011. Dhoni was given this honour along with Abhinav Bindra and Deepak Rao, a leading expert in close combat warfare.
In 2015, Dhoni became a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps in the Agra training camp.