MS Dhoni: Achieved Honorary Rank of “Lieutenant Colonel”
President Pratibha Patil granted MS Dhoni by honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army. A spokesperson of Defense ministry said that: “President Pratibha Patil has granted the honorary rank of Lt Col in the Territorial Army to the captain of Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the ace shooter Abhinav Bindra”
He further added that “The honour has been bestowed on Dhoni and Bindra for their outstanding contribution in the field of cricket and shooting respectively, and their commitment to the Army on various occasions”
Other cricketers which were granted with honorary rank by armed forces before MS Dhoni are his seniors Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev.