Dhoni visits Baramulla, interacts with KPL players
Srinagar, June 3: In his maiden visit to the Kashmir Valley, the Indian cricket icon and captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahinder Singh Dhoni, visited the frontier district of Baramulla along the Line of Control in North Kashmir and interacted with the soldiers and the youth of the Valley. Dhoni is also an honorary Lt Col in the Territorial Army.
“Soon after his arrival at the Srinagar airport, he was transported by a military helicopter to the forward border outpost of Kaman at Uri, where he interacted with the troops deployed there and also posed for a photo opportunity”, Defence Spokesperson, Srinagar, Lt Col JS Brar said.
On his back to Baramulla from Uri, Dhoni appreciated the natural beauty of Kashmir.
On arrival at Baramulla, he was received by General Officer Commanding of the Dagger Division, Maj Gen Bipin Rawat. Thereafter he interacted with the troops of the Baramulla Garrison at the Thimayya Hall and thanked them for keeping the country secure.
He also expressed his desire to serve the Indian Army, after his cricketing career is over and motivating the youth to take up the profession of arms.
At the sidelines of the function, he also met the youth who had participated in the Kashmir Premier League (KPL). He appreciated their efforts to come into the mainstream and assured them of all possible help for a big brake in cricket based on their talent. Later, he had a Barakhana with the troops of the Local Territorial Army unit where he was received by Col RR Kotwal, the Commanding Officer. He also gave autographs to the troops and their families.
“Lt Col Dhoni will move back to Srinagar on Monday where he will interact with officers of Chinar Corps, troops of Territorial Army and patients at the Base Hospital, Srinagar. He will return to Delhi in the afternoon,” Defence spokesperson added.
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