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David Lloyd Finds MS Dhoni Joining Army Funny, Gets Slammed By Fans

Former India captain MS Dhoni, an honorary Lieutenant colonel, is affiliated to the 106 infantry battalion of the Territorial Army. The wicketkeeper-batsman is now expected to train with the Parachute Regiment, a part of which is expected to take place in Jammu and Kashmir

David Lloyd Finds MS Dhoni Joining Army Funny, Gets Slammed By Fans
MS Dhoni's love for the uniform has been visible many times. While receiving the Padma Bhushan award last year, Dhoni donned his Army uniform. | Courtesy: Twitter
David Lloyd Finds MS Dhoni Joining Army Funny, Gets Slammed By Fans
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2019-07-22T17:46:16+05:30

Former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also an honorary Lt Colonel in the Territorial Army, will be training with parachute regiment battalion for two months.

Dhoni had made himself unavailable for the upcoming tour of the West Indies and was subsequently not selected. Indian selectors picked three squads for the tour with Rishabh Pant as the first-choice wicket-keeper. Veteran Wriddhiman Saha has been included in the Test squad but Pant is the lone keeper named in the ODI and T20I squads.

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Meanwhile, a top Army source reportedly said that Dhoni's request to train with the Territorial Army has been approved by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

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

But former England cricketer and coach David Lloyd found it funny and he reacted with laughing emojis on Twitter.

Indian fans found it offensive and slammed Lloyd:

The wicketkeeper-batsman would now train with the Parachute Regiment, a part of which is expected to take place in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

The Army, however, will not allow Dhoni to be part of any active operation, sources mentioned.

Dhoni, along with Abhinav Bindra, was conferred the rank of honorary Lt Col in the Territorial Army in 2011 for their contribution to the sports field.

Both of them were piped-in by the then Army Chief General V K Singh, who is now a minister in the Modi government.

Dhoni is affiliated to the 106 infantry battalion of the Territorial Army. The battalion is attached to the Parachute Regiment.

After being conferred the rank, Dhoni trained in Agra in 2015. The Lt Col performed five jumps.

His love for the uniform has been visible many times.

While receiving the Padma Bhushan award last year, Dhoni donned his Army uniform.

During a World Cup match earlier this year, he was seen wearing the "Balidaan" badge on his gloves. The badge is associated with Special Forces (of the 2016 Surgical Strike fame) with the Indian Army.

However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) later refused to allow him to wear the insignia on his gloves.

(With ANI inputs)

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