India news August 12, 2014

Gavaskar, Nicholas escape unhurt in road accident

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sunil Gavaskar, the former India captain, and Mark Nicholas, the former Hampshire player, have been in a road accident while travelling from Manchester to London between the fourth and fifth Investec Tests, but went unhurt.

According to Mid-Day, Gavaskar and Nicholas, fellow Channel 5 commentators, were being driven in a Jaguar to London with a friend, when their car collided with a car coming from the opposite direction.

Reportedly, the Jaguar's driver was slow to react on a wet road, but managed to pull off a late manoeuvre to avoid a head-on collision although still hit another vehicle.

Though the Jaguar was badly damaged, all its passengers went unhurt, but were reportedly shaken. "God has saved us. There was torrential rain and our car was being driven very fast. Thankfully, no one was hurt although the accident was very, very scary," Gavaskar told Mid-Day. "I was visibly shaken after the accident."

It is understood that despite the car being damaged, it was able to take its occupants to the nearest train station, where they boarded a train for London.

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  • Android on August 13, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Good to hear that all are fine

  • Muhammad on August 13, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Alham do Lillah you guys are safe from this horrible incident. No body can go before ones time.

  • Jason on August 13, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Great to hear no one was injured in the accident.

  • Yogesh on August 13, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Thank God they are safe. Two great thinkers of the game, and beloved of the fans.

  • Srinivas on August 13, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta, I second your thoughts. Some sickening statements indeed!

    @PrasPunter, good post mate. Loved it! BTW, he here!

    Let us celebrate more of Sunny G's unbeaten inning, thanks to the dropped catch by Yama and let us enjoy more of Mark N's Mr. Anderson troll ;)! Cheers to both of them and to all the persons in both the cars. They live-on to tell some more stories to their kids, grandkids and to the world. Celebrating life is so special!

  • srikanthan on August 13, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Thank God, the original little master (plus Mark Nicholas ..) got a reprieve where it matters most. Yama dropped the catch , thankfully.Let the innings continue ,he shud get his 35 th Century.

  • Satish on August 13, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Glad to know that both are safe. But, saw some comments where they are concerned about one of the survivors, and naming it. Guys, avoid your bias atleast in these situations.. all are human beings.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    Even in a grave situation like this, some are relived about the safety of one or the other of the passengers; not all. It is quite sickening to read such posts. Biases, even in the face of potential loss of lives !

  • ESPN on August 12, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Poor Jaguar...

  • Kay on August 12, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Glad that Mark Nicholas was safe and unhurt.

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