From Sachin to Virat, Cricket fraternity ‘Salutes’ Abhinandan on his return

After hours of waiting, finally Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returned home on Friday night from his nearly three-day captivity in Pakistan.

He was captured by Pakistanis on February 27 after his MiG-21 crashed in the Pakistan-occupied territory. Later, Pakistanโ€™s Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in his country’s parliament that the Wing Commander is being released as a โ€œgoodwill gesture.โ€

Hoping to give a heroโ€™s welcome to Wing Commander, thousands of Indians gathered on the border carrying the tricolour and garlands. However, he emerged at 9.10 pm(IST) at the Wagah check-post on the Pakistani side.

It was a moment of joy for the entire nation as he stepped on the Indian soil almost after 60 hours. The BCCI posted a special message for the IAF pilot on their official Twitter handle with his name engraved on a Team India jersey.

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

The Indian cricket fraternity took to Twitter to express their happiness, here are some tweets