Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Pakistan Prime Minister cricketer Imran Khan was shot during a protest convoy on Thursday as a gunman opened fire at a campaign truck carrying Khan, wounding him in both his legs. 

The gunman was arrested at the scene, however, no group has claimed responsibility for the shooting.

The attack happened while Imran, who led the Men in Green to their first World Cup title in 1992, was leading a protest convoy of his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), supporters in Wazirabad and was heading towards the capital, Islamabad. 

Luckily,  Imran escaped from the death and is reportedly safe and admitted to a hospital. One person has reportedly died and seven have been wounded in the attack.

Here are many other such instances when cricketers were attacked by criminals or terrorists, but somehow escaped from death…

Sri Lankan cricket team

The brutal attack on the Sri Lankan team put a halt on international cricket in Pakistan for years. The team players escaped the terrorist attack in Lahore during their Pakistan tour in 2009. A Sri Lankan team bus was also attacked by the terrorists and a bullet hit Thilan Samaraveera on his thigh. As many as six police and a driver were killed in the terrorist attack.

Bangladesh cricket team

Bangladesh cricket team escaped a terrorist attack in Christchurch during their New Zealand tour in 2019. They were on their way to Al Noor Mosque when they heard gunshots fired. The players were just five minutes away from the mosque when the attack took place. Had the team members reached the spot a little early, things could have been dangerous.

Andrew Hall

Former South African cricketer Andrew Hall escaped two attacks on him in three years. The former all-rounder was fired in 1999 when he was taking out money from an ATM. The crimials shot Hall six times but found the target only once. Only one bullet could hit Hall on his left hand. Luckily, he escaped that attack. Car robbers held Hall at gunpoint in 2002 and asked him to drive them to a far-off place. He later managed to sneak out of car and ran away to safety.

Mondli Khumalo

Budding and talented South African cricketer Mondli Khumalo was attacked on June 29, 2022 outside a pub at Somerset in England. Khumalo went into coma for six days in the attack. However, he recovered gradually. The bowler was assaulted while he was celebrating North Petherton Cricket Club’s victory near the Dragon Rise Pub in Bridgwater.  Khumalo has played the 2020 U19 World Cup for the Proteas.