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Sachin Tendulkar at 82nd Air Force Day parade

Sachin Tendulkar, the first sportsperson to be made honourary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force, attended the 82nd Air Force Day celebrations in Hindan.

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, the first sportsperson to be made honourary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force, attended the 82nd Air Force Day celebrations in Hindan on Wednesday (October 8). (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

The iconic batsman was conferred with the IAF honorary rank of Group Captain to honour his cricketing achievements in 2010 amid much fanfare.

Tendulkar arrives with his wife Anjali. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

He was the first personality with no aviation background to receive the honour. The rank was conferred on Sachin Tendulkar under the provision of granting honorary rank by armed forces to eminent personalities acknowledging their contribution towards the nation.

Sachin interacts with Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan while Anjali looks on. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Sachin Tendulkar interacts with he Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan at the ceremony. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

The 41-year-old Mumbaikar retired from international cricket last year in November after playing 200 Test matches. Seen here with Army Chief General Dalbir Singh. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha reviews the parade during the 82nd Air Force Day function at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Air Force Day celebration at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

PM Narendra Modi also saluted the air force personnel on Air Force Day saying they are the nation's pride and their bravery and commitment continues to inspire. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)