Hailed as ‘God of Cricket’ – Sachin Tendulkar is not only a master batsman but also the very first sportsperson from the country to receive such an honour by the prestigious Indian Air Force. IAF conferred the award on Sachin during a grand ceremony at the 83rd Indian Air Force Day celebrations in 2015. Fulfilling his duty for the forces, the star cricketer, dressed in a military green jumpsuit, was seen holding a smartphone trying to grab the eyeballs. At the Vayu Shakti 2019 exercise in Pokhran, Tendulkar was caught seated in between Army chief General Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in the front row of the viewing area.
‘Vayu Shakti in Pokhran is an event in which the country’s Air Force displayed its strength and firepower. The mega exercise involved almost all variants of its fighter jets and attack helicopters, in a firepower demonstration near the border with Pakistan.
Tendulkar’s complete look and attire during the event resembled with the look of Hollywood star Tom Cruise from the iconic film Top Gun (1992). Cruise is best remembered for the movie for a slow-motion shot as he walks away from an aircraft.
Soon after attending the event, Sachin had posted a heartfelt message: “Proud feeling to witness the might of our Air Force. It is an honour to be present among the bravehearts who lay their lives on the line to defend India and protect us from our enemies!,” the 45-year-old cricketer tweeted.
Two years after the legendary cricketer announced his retirement from international cricket in 2013, he was conferred with Honorary Group Captain of the Indian Air Force.
In front of a packed crowd, the Air Force showed its capabilities through various aircrafts like Mirage-2000, Su-30 MKI, MiG 27, Jaguar, Tejas, Hawk, MiG-21 Bison, Mi-17 V5, Mi-3, and ALH MKIV.