New Delhi: March 3 was a very frightening day in cricket history when armed people opened fire on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus that was to play the match in Lahore, Pakistan, March 3, 2009. The Sri Lankan team was heading to the stadium for the match on the third day of the second test match of the series between the two countries, at the same time the bus was targeted.
Jayawardene-Sangakkara was injured
The captain of the Sri Lankan team at the time, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas were injured in the attack. Eight people, including 6 Pakistani police officers, were killed in the attack. After the attack, the Sri Lankan team left the tour and returned home.
Khalil withdrew from death
Meanwhile, the driver named Meher Mohammad Khalil was driving the bus. Khalil’s caution drove the entire team from his death. He reached the stadium by driving the bus continuously amid heavy gunfire. Khalil had recounted the entire incident of this attack on the team bus on March 3, 2009.
Sri Lankan cricketers were screaming
According to Khalil, “ At first I thought this guest was the sound of firecrackers blowing to greet the team, but then a man came right past our bus and started throwing balls. After that, I felt that this cracker was nothing else. We have been attacked. Mohammad Khalil said: “ I was nervous at the time, but the Sri Lankan players from behind asked to shout just to flee. They screamed so fast I felt like a 440 volt current. So I don’t know what happened, I just started to leave without thinking about anything. Khalil was also honored by the President of Sri Lanka for this bravery. This incident had created fear in the hearts of cricketers around the world.