Ranchi: After Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in line to be conferred an honorary rank in the defence forces.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Wednesday wrote to the Ministry of Defence recommending that Dhoni be awarded the honorary rank of Lt Colonel for his stupendous performance and leading team India to lift the World Cup trophy after a gap of 28 years, a government official said on Thursday.
Former captain Kapil Dev got the honorary rank in the territorial army in 2008 while Tendulkar honoured with the rank of Group Captain in Indian Air Force in 2010.
Dhoni is already a brand ambassador for Project Tiger.
The Income Tax department, meanwhile, is also reportedly trying to rope in Dhoni as its brand ambassador, as the skipper had been the highest individual tax payer in Bihar and Jharkhand for the last two fiscals.