Dhoni finishes 15-day stint with Territorial Army

Former India skipper MS Dhoni’s stint with his Territorial Army unit has finally come to an end. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman is currently in the national capital with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva.

Dhoni finishes 15-day stint with Territorial Army
MS Dhoni’s spell with Territorial army has come to an end.

Dhoni had taken a sabbatical from cricket after the end of India’s campaign in the 2019 World Cup which was held in England and Wales. Dhoni had later joined the 106 TA Battalion (Para) in Jammu for a two-week spell.

The 37-year-old cricketer, who proudly holds an honorary title of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army, finished his stint on 15 August.

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The wicketkeeper-batsman who has a special place in his art in serving the country was deployed in the Kashmir Valley as part of the Victor Force. He was at the helm of patrolling, guard and post duty. Dhoni was later seen in Ladakh on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day and pictures of him playing cricket with the kids there was all over the social media platform.

MS Dhoni’s form factor has always come under scrutiny especially the way he approaches the innings seemed to have frustrated the fans. Many feel that he is consuming too many deliveries and mounting pressure on the team but Dhoni knows how to make a bold statement in world cricket and he has done that time and time again.

Dhoni came under fire for his slow knocks during 2019 World Cup too, which put him under severe criticism and rumours about him quitting the sport have been rife since then.

Post all this hullabaloo, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made himself unavailable for the team selection for the West Indies tour. Rishabh Pant was called in to fill his shoes as he stood and kept the stumps for India in the recently concluded ODI and T20I series against the West Indies but Pant didn’t make his opportunities count as he hardly made a difference in the tour.

MS Dhoni will next be seen donning the Indian colours when India invite South Africa for a three-match T20I series and the same number of Test series.

(With inputs from IANS)

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