Kapil Dev turns soldier!

Published: Thursday, September 25, 2008, 11:02 [IST]
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Kapil Dev joins army

New Delhi: Kapil Dev, living legend of Indian Cricket, was decorated with the rank of honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Territory Army at a colouful ceremony at Army headquarters here on Wednesday. The honour was conferred on him by the Army Chief, General Deepak Kapoor.

This is my second innings. Earlier I fought for the country in my white uniform. Now, I will do the same in my olive green army uniform," said Kapil.

Kapil, 50, was commissioned in the 150 TA (Infantry) battalion of the Punjab Regiment.

“I am proud I have been given this rank. It took six months for the things to materialise, with the file moving from the home ministry to the defence ministry," said Kapil, as his wife and daughter looked on.

Though Kapil will not take part in the training of the Territorial Army, he will act as a “brand ambassador" for the army.


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