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General News MS Dhoni gets Army Chief's permission to serve Parachute regiment

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been granted permission to train with the Parachute regiment for two months by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

Dhoni wanted to skip the West Indies tour and train with a territorial army battalion of the Parachute regiment for two months and therefore, requested the Indian Army to allow him.

"The request has now been approved by the Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat and the honorary Lt Col would train with the Parachute regiment battalion," top Army sources told ANI.

Dhoni will now train with the Parachute Regiment, a part of which is expected to take place in Jammu and Kashmir, sources told ANI.

The Army, however, will not allow Dhoni, who holds an honorary post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army, to be part of any active operation, sources mentioned.

India will tour West Indies for three T20Is and as many ODIs, and two Tests which are part of World Test Championship from August 3 to September 3.

Dhoni had made himself unavailable for the upcoming Windies tour.

News Credit: Indiatvnews

MS Dhoni to join Army's Para Regiment in Kashmir, will be taking on patrolling duties

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Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will begin his stint with the Indian Army's Parachute Regiment from July 31 in Kashmir. Dhoni, who holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion), will be with the Battalion till August 15, which is also India's Independence Day. The unit is in Kashmir valley as part of the Victor Force.

During his posting in Kashmir, Dhoni will be performing the duties of patrolling and guard and will be staying with the troops.

Earlier, news agency IANS on Thursday reported that Dhoni has already joined the battalion, which is headquartered in Bengaluru. However, India TV has confirmed that the 38-year-old World Cup-winning captain is yet to join the regiment.

Dhoni, who was part of India's 2019 World Cup team, was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011 soon after he led India to 2011 World Cup title.

Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and Deepak Rao, who is an Indian military trainer, were the other two people to receive the honorary rank.

Meanwhile, Dhoni had earlier made himself unavailable for Indian cricket team's upcoming tour of the West Indies, which includes three T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches beginning August 3.

Credit: Indiatvnews

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