Cricketers involved in a major car accident...

Aug 12, 2014, 08:34 IST | A Correspondent

After Sunil Gavaskar's car accident yesterday while traveling from Manchester to London, we look at other cricketers who have been in serious road accidents in the past

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi (India)
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi
Mak Pataudi, who would go on to captain India, met with an accident while returning home during Oxford's game against Sussex on July 1, 1961. The car he was travelling in met with a head-on collision with another vehicle. Pataudi was taken to hospital. It was discovered that he had badly injured his right eye, so much so that he would lose vision in that eye. A splinter had passed from the windscreen and entered the eye.

Runako Morton (West Indies)
Runako Morton
The West Indies batsman (33) met with a tragic death in 2012 while returning home from a game in Trinidad. He rammed the vehicle into a pole and could not survive the impact of the collision.

Collie Smith (West Indies)
Collie Smith
The West Indies all-rounder died in a car accident at the age of 26 in 1959. The mishap took place when he was travelling to London with his West Indian teammates Garry Sobers and Tom Dewdney to attend a charity match. Their car rammed into a cattle truck in Staffordshire and Smith slipped into a coma in hospital.

Sairaj Bahutule (India)
Sairaj Bahutule
The former India spinner had an extremely lucky escape at 17, when the car he was seated in met with an accident at Marine Drive. One of Bahutule's friend succumbed to injuries while another sustained severe injuries on July 28, 1990. He had a steel rod inserted in his right leg but recovered to get on with cricket a year later.

Kaushal Lokuarachchi (Sri Lanka)
Kaushal Lokuarachchi
In 2003, the Sri Lankan spinner was involved in a car crash, and although he got away with minor injuries while at the wheel, a woman bystander was killed. He was returning from a late-night party and driving the car which he had borrowed from a friend.

Dhruv Pandove (India)
At 17 years and 341 days, Dhruv had become the youngest player to score over 1000 runs in the Ranji Trophy, underlining the future that lay ahead of the Punjab boy. But his journey was cut short cruelly when the car he was travelling in en route his hometown Patiala met with a fatal accident after leaving Ambala in 1992.

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