BCCI, Indian cricket fraternity pay tribute to IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday posted a picture of the Indian Cricket Team’s jersey bearing IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s name and number 1 on it as a tribute after his return to the country from Pakistan.

“#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come #TeamIndia,” BCCI wrote along with the picture.

Pakistan officials handed over Varthaman to Indian officials, including from the IAF, at the Attari-Wagah Border late Friday.

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar also welcomed the brave pilot and tweeted, “A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan Jai Hind.”

Team India captain Virat Kohli, who will be leading the national team in the first of five-match ODI series against Australia on Saturday, tweeted, “Real Hero. I bow down to you. Jai Hind”.

Former India coach, Anil Kumble in a tweet wrote, “We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan.”

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