I was shocked for the second time over yesterday’s terrorist attack on Sri Lanka cricket team because I tend to believe that the intention of terror team is not to harm players but to threaten the Pakistani government. But today morning I had a chance to read the live action as seen by Kumar Sangakkara on Cricinfo as well as on regular news papers of Sri Lanka. It is not just threatening but they have come to kill our players. The team escaped from with minimum damages just because the courage and braveness of the driver Kalil and the quick reaction to the situation of the SL team members.
The attack started by firing a RPG to the players’bus but it missed the target and hit the electricity tower. Then the terrorists fired gunshots to the tires of the bus and next they fired to the passenger area of the bus. SL players quickly reacted to the situation by jumping over seats and laid down to the deck of the bus. They were not panicked and they shouted to the driver to continue the driving the bus forward. As Kumar’s plot, when they lay on the bus, bullets were flying over their heads and hit the seats of the bus. Kalil the driver of the bus has heard someone shouting ‘go’ ‘go’ and he lowered his body to the driver seat and accelerated the bus towards the stadium in mids of heavy gun fire. Unless that brave act of the driver as well as intelligent reaction of players, we shall not have a chance to see our beloved players alive again. The terrorist threw a grenade to the beneath of the bus but it exploded after the bus passed it. If it exploded, the bus definitely caught up in fire because of the fuel tank. Quoting about the incident, Mahela has said that the terror experience of the Sri Lanka helped them to escape from the heavy gun fire. It is possible that Ajantha Mendis led the escape because in SL Army. He has been trained to do so.In the meantime Umpire Ahsan Raza in critical condition because he was traveling by a mini bus just behind the SL team coach.
On the other hand, if the terrorist wanted to threaten the players, they do not want to come with loads of weapons and actually they don’t want 12 people. They can do it by single gun and with one person. Because SL cricket team knows to play cricket but not to fight a war. Finally according to the Mahela, they were survived by some merits they have done in past lives.