Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar attends 87th IAF Day parade in uniform

Sachin Tendulkar, Group Captain, 87th IAF Parade, cricket legend, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Anjali Tendulkar
The cricket great Sachin tendulkar was conferred with the Group Captain rank in 2010 and was seen attending the 87th IAF parade in IAF uniform. Photo: @sachin_rt/Twitter

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who is the first sportsperson to be made honourary Group Captain of the Indian Air Force, attended the 87th IAF Day function at Hindon airbase on Tuesday (October 8).

The cricket great was conferred with the Group Captain rank in 2010. He attended the celebrations wearing an IAF uniform, along with his wife Anjali, Chief of Army, Navy and Air Force.

Tendulkar took to Twitter to thank the Indian soldiers for their services.

“Wishing everyone a happy Air Force day. I would like to thank all the soldiers for keeping India safe. After seeing your enthusiasm towards the Swasth – Swachh Bharat mission initiated by Prime Minister Modi, I hope that India remains healthy, clean and safe. Jai Hind,” he tweeted in Hindi.


IAF chief RKS Bhadauria decorated the 51 Squadron and the 9 Squadron for their role in the airstrike on terrorist camps in Pakistan’s Balakot in February.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and fighter pilots, who were a part of the Balakot operation, participated in the flypast.

Tendulkar also tweeted that he had goosebumps while seeing Abhinandan lead the parade.

Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman leading the flying parade in the MiG-21 Bison at the 87th Anniversary of the @IAF_MCC! His spirit and courage is an inspiration to all of us. Had goosebumps seeing him lead the parade today. #AFDay19,” he tweeted.

(With inputs from agencies)