Dhoni, Bindra conferred Lt. Colonel rank

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 01, 2011 15:22 hrs

New Delhi: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra Tuesday officially became honorary lieutenant colonels in the Territorial Army with the army chief, Gen. V.K. Singh, pipping their ranks on their shoulders.

President Pratibha Patil had approved the grant of honorary commissions to the two sportspersons on Sep 13 in recognition of their achievements in their respective sports.

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Dhoni led India to victory in the cricket World Cup earlier this year and was instrumental in taking the team to the top spot in Test rankings for the first time last year. He had also led the team to victory in the inaugural T20 World championship in 2007.

Bindra won the only individual Olympic gold medal for India at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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