Tue, 05 Apr 2011 08:39:39 GMT

Dhoni, Sachin will fly Sukhoi

Accolades and awards are pouring in for the Indian cricketers after the world cup success but here is one reward captain Dhoni and Little Master Sachin Tendulkar would love to grab with both hands. The joy of flying the most advanced fighter plane of Indian Air Force, Sukhoi is not too far away

Dhoni, Sachin will fly Sukhoi

"Sachin Tendulkar is already our Honorary Group Captain. Once both Sachin and Dhoni are free from their cricketing engagements, I will ensure that they get to fly Su-30MKI. They have done our country proud and it will be an honour for us," the IAF chief told PTI.

Air Chief Marshal Naik said that as of now there were no plans of awarding any honorary post to the Indian captain like Tendulkar.

Dhoni, who was accompanied by his wife Sakshi, was there at the Air Force chief's residence here for over an hour as he interacted with senior officers.

The meeting with Air Chief Marshal Naik was organised by the former Indian team manager, Wing Commander M. Baladitya.

Air Chief Marshal Naik presented Dhoni with a plaque on behalf of the Indian Air Force.

The skipper and his wife were at ease as they interacted and answered various cricketing queries.

When the wives of the senior officers congratulated the couple, Sakshi said, "You all supported the team. Congratulate yourselves."

Someone asked about his bald look, and the skipper said with a smile, "I thought the World Cup is over, so let's just get it off."

Dhoni was seen asking the IAF chief, a veteran fighter pilot, about his flying experience. "I used to fly MiG-21, MiG-23 during my days," Air Chief Marshal Naik said.

The Indian captain patiently answered all the cricketing queries although it was evident that he would now like a few days away from cricket. "IPL will be very hectic," he admitted.