Group Captain Tendulkar?
He holds the record for the most runs in Tests and ODIs and the record for the most centuries as well; he was the first batsman to score fifty international hundreds and recently became the first to score a double century in ODIs. No surprise then that Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps the most popular cricketer in the world. He’s been conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – India’s highest sports award – the Padma Shri and the Padma Vibhushan by the Indian government. And the latest feather in Tendulkar’s cap could be an honorary post with the Indian Air Force.
“The IAF has proposed to honour Sachin Tendulkar by granting him the honorary rank of Group Captain. We have sent the proposal to the Defence Ministry and they are considering it,” an IAF official told PTI. Once the Ministry clears it, the file will go to the prime minister's office and then to the president, the supreme commander of India’s armed forces, for approval. In 2008 allrounder Kapil Dev received the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the Territorial Army.
Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo