Territorial Army confers honorary rank of Lt Col on Dhoni, Abhinav Bindra

first_imgIndia’s star sportsmen Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Abhinav Bindra were on Tuesday conferred the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel by the Territorial Army for their contributions in the field of cricket and shooting respectively.Both, the Indian cricket captain and the Olympic gold medallist shooter, sported army’s olive green uniform at the function held in their honour at the Territorial Army headquarters in the national capital on Tuesday evening.Dhoni had led India to the ICC World Cup victory earlier this year. He was also instrumental in taking the team to the number one spot in the ICC rankings earlier.Ace shooter Bindra won the first ever individual gold for India in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. He is also an Arjuna Award winner and has been given the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.With this honour, Dhoni and Bindra have joined the club of other sportspersons, including Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, who too hold honorary ranks in the armed forces. While Kapil Dev is an honorary Lt Col in the Territorial Army, Tendulkar is an honorary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force, which is equivalent of a full colonel in the army.last_img