4. Sachin Tendulkar: Group Captain (Indian Air Force)
The legendary Sachin Tendulkar has achieved many things in his career. He has won the World Cup, scored a century of centuries, frightened bowlers for decades & a lot more. However, there is another feather in his cap that is probably much more respectable & awe-inspiring.
Many of us know that Sachin has been honored with prestigious national honors like Arjuna Award, Khel Ratna, Padma Shri & also India’s highest civilian award i.e Bharat Ratna. But, most are not aware that he’s also a Group Captain in IAF.
For his monumental contribution towards Indian cricket, “Group Captain” – a position that is high up the Indian Air Force (AIF) ranks has been conferred to the ‘master blaster’.
On September 3, 2010, IAF Air Chief Marshal “P.V. Naik” did the honors at a ceremony in New Delhi.
Sachin Tendulkar is the first sportsperson to be awarded such an honor by the Indian Air Force.
Last year, Sachin – The Group Captain, also attended the 87th IAF Day function at Hindon air base & was spotted in his IAF uniform for the celebrations.