New Delhi, Sep 25: Kapil Dev, former Indian cricket captain and all-rounder on Wednesday, Sep 24 took a new role and don a new cap of an army person. He was commissioned into the Territorial Army (TA) as an honorary Lieutenant Colonel.
The honour was confered to Kapil by Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor at the Army Headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday, Sep 24 afternoon. He was later felicitated at the Territorial Army headquarters mess in the presence of host of dignitaries who been members of the Territorial Army for years and achieved major milestones in other careers. They included Major (retired) Subir Saha, the former Chairman and Managing Director of the ONGC, and Brigadier K P Singh Deo, a former Cabinet Minister, besides others.
"This is my second innings. Earlier I fought for the country in my white uniform. Now, I will do the same in my olive green army uniform," Kapil said proudly. Kapil, 50, was commissioned into the 150 TA (Infantry) battalion of the Punjab Regiment.
"I am proud I have been given this rank. It took six months for the things to materialise, with the file moving from the home ministry to the defence ministry," said Kapil, as his wife and daughter looked on. Kapil will also be the brand ambassador of the Territorial Army and help train golfers of the army.
While Kapil will not take part in the training of the Territorial Army, he will act as a 'brand ambassador' for the armed forces.