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.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2019
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.”
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 🇮🇳
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 1, 2019
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”.
Real Hero. I bow down to you. Jai Hind 🙏🙏🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/kDgocwpclA
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 1, 2019
Former India coach, Anil Kumble in a tweet wrote, “We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan.”
We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan 🇮🇳
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 1, 2019
How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage 🙏 #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3T
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019
Welcome home Wing Cmdr #AbhinandanVarthaman 🇮🇳 Saluting your bravery, humility, integrity and resolve.
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) March 1, 2019
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 1, 2019
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 1, 2019
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) March 1, 2019
In my time alive on this 🌎 planet, I haven’t seen a bigger hero. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 1, 2019
— Siddharth Kaul (@sidkaul22) March 1, 2019
Country salutes your valour & bravery Wing Commander Abhinandan . We Respect your dignity & strength and are extremely proud of you. Jai Hind 🇮🇳 #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 1, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 1, 2019
विंग कमांडर अभिनंदन का स्वदेश में हार्दिक अभिनंदन और उनकी वीरता को सलाम 🙏🏻🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/gDrd60jrtc
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) March 1, 2019
Your bravery & patriotism is an inspiration to one & all. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan🇮🇳
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) March 1, 2019
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 1, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 1, 2019
Welcome home…we are proud of u..#Abhinandancomingback
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) March 1, 2019