Indian cricket ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed his first parachute jump from an Indian Air Force aircraft on Wednesday as part of his training with the Territorial Army.
Dhoni, who has been undergoing training at the Paratroopers Training School (PTS) since August 6, jumped with a canopy static line parachute from an AN32 aircraft and touched down at the Malpura dropping zone near Agra. He has to undertake four more jumps from 10,000 feet, including one at night, to be a qualified parajumper.
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Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in 106 Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army (TA), decided to undergo the drill to justify his rank.
Before the jump, the ace cricketer underwent two weeks of classroom lessons followed by basic toughening exercises along with fellow paratrooper trainees. The classroom lectures were on basic techniques of para-jumping followed by toughening exercises to help prepare the body for the jerks and jolts involved in jumping off an aircraft with a parachute.