He had become the first sportsperson to be awarded such an honour by IAF.
Present in his uniform as Group Captain, the former cricketer took part in the ceremony and later took to Twitter to convey his wishes to the IAF.
"Today is a special day, a day dedicated to the guardians of the sky, we may not always see you when we look up but we know you are ever-present, ever-visioned, protecting invisible boundaries of our skies," he said.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 8, 2018
The event was studded with fighter jets displaying their might.
First Published: October 8, 2018, 5:08 PM IST