Leh: Jun 5, 2012
Indian cricket team captain and goodwill ambassador of the Indian army, Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday reached Ladakh as a part of his two-day tour and inaugurated a newly-constructed army ground.
Dhoni was the chief guest of a friendly cricket match played between the Indian Army team and a team of ladakhi locals here and inaugurated the army ground, which became the highest cricket ground in the world.
Hundreds of local fans waited outside the cricket venue to get a glimpse of Dhoni but the army did not allowed them to get into the venue and they all had to return with dejected hearts.
Dhoni said he was interested in joining Army before coming to cricket but instead joined Indian railway.
"I am fortunate that now I am able to be a part of Indian Army," said Dhoni.
"Here I am not to boost Indian army but to see the Jawans serving in such a situation realy boosted me further," he added.
During the tour, Dhoni will also visit Siachen glacier - the highest battleground of the world.
The Indian captain had visited the troops on the Line of Control on Monday. He interacted with officers of the Chinar Corps and also spoke to school children from downtown Srinagar on Monday. (PTI)