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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Dhoni, Abhinav Bindra to get honorary rank of lieutenant colonel today

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra are all set to don the olive greens of the Indian Army on Tuesday.

The two achievers of Indian sports would be conferred the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel for their contribution in the field of cricketing and shooting respectively.

Dhoni had led India to the ICC World Cup victory earlier this year. He was also instrumental in taking the team to the number one spot in the ICC rankings.

Ace shooter Bindra won the first ever individual gold for India in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. He is also an Arjuna awardee and has been given the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

With this honour, Dhoni and Bindra will join other sportspersons like Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar who have been given honorary ranks by the armed forces.

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