New Delhi: The day of March 3 proved to be very frightening in the history of cricket, when armed people opened fire on the bus of Sri Lankan cricket team going to play matches in Lahore, Pakistan on 3 March 2009. The Sri Lankan team was going towards the stadium for the third day game 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 then Sri Lankan team captain Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas were injured in this attack. Eight people, including 6 Pakistani policemen, were killed in the attack. After the attack, the Sri Lankan team left the tour midway and returned home.
Khalil pulled out of death
During this time, the driver named Meher Mohammad Khalil was driving the bus. Khalil’s prudence drove the entire team out of his death. He reached the stadium by driving the bus continuously amidst heavy firing. Khalil had told about the entire incident of this attack on team bus on 3 March 2009.
Sri Lankan cricketers were screaming
According to Khalil, ‘At first I thought that this guest is the sound of firecrackers being blown to welcome the team, but then a man came right in front of our bus and started hurling bullets. After this I felt that this cracker is not something else. We have been attacked. Mohammad Khalil said, ‘At that time I got nervous, but then the Sri Lankan players from behind asked to shout just to run away. They screamed so fast that I felt like 440 volts current. Then do not know what happened, I just started driving away without thinking anything. Khalil was also honored by the President of Sri Lanka for this bravery. This incident had created awe in the hearts of cricketers from all over the world.