Last updated on March 26, 2020
The 20-member cabin crew, other than the pilots, reported on the Indira Gandhi International Airport on March 21, to carry out the duty, an important of their careers.
Having been employed with Air India, previously Indian Airlines, for near 30 years, Sukhvinder is among the many few sportsmen who didn’t relaxation on his on-field laurels.
“When I was not playing, I was flying,” Sukhvinder informed Sportstar. His first-class profession, spanning from 1986 to 2004, noticed him play 47 matches (148 wickets and 2076 runs with 4 centuries).
Call of the nation
Sukhvinder Singh has been employed with Air India, previously Indian Airlines, for near 30 years. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
The obligation, flying to Rome with 120 Italian nationals and returning with Indian college students, was “call of the nation” for each crew member. “Cricket was the driving force for me to take up challenges in life. This was a mission for us on that flight. We were going to bring back the youth, the future of India. It was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve the country,” stated the 53-year-old Sukhvinder.
“Air India has been doing a fantastic job in these times of crisis. Air India flew our countrymen from Wuhan and Milan. We take pride of being a family. Each of our crew members knew it was the need of the hour. We were part of a special flight, a great mission. We all understood the gravity of the situation and grabbed the chance when it came our way,” Sukhvinder recalled the expertise.
“We were provided with all the protection (Hazmat suit) from the COVID-19 virus. I was not scared. Being a cricketer I had come to face challenges and pressures. I have flown with many Heads of State but this was unique. I was part of a historic Air India exercise that was evacuating our young citizens trapped in a foreign land. When we landed, most of them were in tears of joy and relief,” stated Sukhvinder, his voice choked with emotion.