The Man, the leader, the trendsetter- who has achieved everything in the world of cricket despite unimaginable adversities has now given light to many aspiring youngsters and cricketers across the country with the new responsibility he has undertaken. His love for the Indian Army is known to the entire world and in the recently concluded Cricket World Cup that was played in England and Wales, ‘the Ballidaan‘ insignia stirred some controversy in the cricketing atmosphere.
We all know MSD is a man of his words and it is just not for political or media attention that he had featured the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his green gloves. Right after India’s heartbreaking exit in the semi-finals when the paparazzi were only concentrating on talking about his retirement, he has stepped into new obedience away from cricket which shows his true legacy.
Apparently, in 2015 Dhoni completed the entire paratrooper training after he was awarded the honorary rank of a lieutenant colonel in 2011. He holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion). With his cricketing commitments, he never had the time to be associated with the jawans and be a real Indian servant. Since the World Cup culminated, he made up his mind to take action on his long drafted plan and was thus handed the permission by BCCI to serve his regiment and be a youth icon.
Dhoni has taken a two-month sabbatical from the sport, post the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to serve his regiment. He asked the board to grant him permission to be unavailable for the upcoming West Indies tour, thus making way for more youngsters in the squad to mantle their positions. He is a man who has always had a future roadmap in his mind and he’s just doing it, whether by keeping himself out from the West Indies tour or by increasing awareness among the youth about the armed forces by being a loyal servant.
Dhoni has joined his battalion for the training in Bengaluru and will be deployed in Jammu and Kashmir from 31 July- 15 August. The veteran cricketing legend will be deployed in the Victor Force in Kashmir Valley where he will stay with troops and taken on duties of patrolling, guard and post duty with other jawans. The Army, however, will not allow Dhoni to be part of any active operations in the valley. But, by doing this he surely makes us realize that it is the sacrifices of many people and the lives of jawans that we got our freedom. He has garnered legitimate praises on social media for his decisions and the fans just want him to hang around till the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 that will be hosted by Australia.