Dhoni wants to serve army after retirement

Updated: Jun 06, 2012, 18:53 PM IST

Srinagar: On his maiden visit to the Kashmir Valley, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sunday visited the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir`s Baramulla district where he interacted with soldiers and local youth. He also expressed his desire to serve the force after his playing days are over.

Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army.

After his arrival at Srinagar airport, he flew in a military helicopter to the forward border outpost of Kaman in the border town of Uri where he interacted with the troops deployed and also posed for a photo opportunity with the soldiers.

On arrival in Baramulla town, he interacted with the troops of the Baramulla garrison at the Thimayya Hall and thanked the army for keeping the country secure.

Dhoni also expressed his desire to serve the Indian Army after his cricketing career is over.

He commented on his appointement as an honorary lieutenant colonel, "Why I got here is because of cricket. I would like to serve actively only after cricket. I don`t want my cricket to suffer because that is something I am good at. Once my cricket career is over, I would definitely like to serve in the Army," Dhoni told reporters.