BCCI released a special jersey in honour of the return of wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman after spending two days in Pakistan as a prisoner of war. It is a special gesture that is being lauded by the fans. The braveheart returned to India on Friday evening after Pakistan PM Imran Khan returned him as a part of the Geneva Convention and a ‘peace’ gesture. The jersey released by BCCI has ‘Wing Commander Abhinandan’ written on it and it is No 1. BCCI’s post read, “#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come.”

Earlier in the day, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had completed the travel documentation of IAF pilot. Reportedly, Pakistani authorities will bring him from Rawalpindi to Lahore and hand him over to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under rules of the Geneva Convention.

Meanwhile, other Team India cricketers from Virender Sehwag to Gautam Gambhir, everyone hailed the bravery of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan. Lauding Abhinandan’s bravery, effort, and courage – the 40-year old Sehwag took to his official Twitter account to share a heartwarming post. He wrote, “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”.

Kapil’s Devils’ pristine whites at the Lord’s in 1983 was a source of inspiration for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who wore different shades of blue in 2007 and 2011 and is “proud to hand over the legacy” of Indian jersey to future generations.

Indian team’s new 2019 World Cup jersey was launched by sporting apparel giants Nike in the presence of former captain Dhoni, current skipper Virat Kohli, his Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane and young turk Prithvi Shaw.