Indian cricket team Virat Kohli bowed down to India’s hero Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to the Indian soil from Pakistan on Friday evening after spending two days in captivity. India and Pakistan were involved in an air battle two days ago, where Wing Commander Abhinandan shot down Pakistan’s F-16 with his MiG-21 Bison but ended up on Pakistan’s soil and was in captivity since then.The Wagah-Attari border was full of people on Friday to welcome the country’s hero from Pakistan, even as according to protocal, the Wing Commander was kept away from the public glare. Late in the evening, the Wing Commander crossed the border and returned to his motherland.Kohli gave a tribute to the ‘real hero’ who fought for India and suffered for her before making a safe return home. “Real Hero. I bow down to you. Jai Hind,” Kohli tweeted.Real Hero. I bow down to you. Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/kDgocwpclAVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 1, 2019Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night after hours of waiting.Apart from Kohli, the Board of Control for Cricket in India paid a glorious tribute to Abhinandan, just minutes after he crossed the border and was received by IAF and the Indian army.”#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come,” the BCCI wrote on Twitter and posted an Indian jersey with Wing Commander Abhinandan written on the back.advertisementOther sports stars – from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to Sania Mirza and Hima Das – celebrated the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan to the country and flooded Twitter with congratulatory messages.The nation salutes your valour , selflessness and grit. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/N432Qk2ajTVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 1, 2019Welcome home IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanji. Entire nation is proud of you. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanHima Das (@HimaDas8) March 1, 2019Welcome back Wing Commander Abhinandan .. you are our HERO in the truest sense.. The country salutes you and the bravery and dignity you have shown #Respect #WelcomeBackAbinandan Jai HindSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 1, 2019Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day after which Wing Commander Abinandan crossed the border by mistake.