The Indian Air Force has conferred the rank of Indian Air Force Group Captain on cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in recognition of his achievements/contributions towards the nation.
Accepting the Air Force's honour, the 37-year-old Tendulkar described the occasion as "the greatest honour being bestowed on me, we all want to at some stage touch the sky. "
He also said he liked wearing aviator glasses after watching Tom Cruise in Top Gun.
"As a teenager, I was fond of fighter planes, super bikes. But I had the privilege of getting into a fighter plane in 1996 in South Africa, I have never revealed this before but I was really scared."
Before being felicitated with the honorary rank, Tendulkar had gone through a process of familiarization with the IAF and training in basic military practices and drills.
In 2008, India's World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev had received the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the Territorial Army.
Tendulkar will function like a brand ambassador, and is expected to inspire many young men and women to join the air force.