Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly has revealed that back in 1996 during his first tour in England, he could have been shot while travelling in London’s famous underground Tube service.
Ganguly in that series had scored back to back centuries and gave India one of the most memorable Test series till now.
While that tour has many bright spots from the perspective of Ganguly’s career, he in a book has now recounted one of the most terrifying time of his life.
The Prince of Kolkata in the book, ‘Beefy’s Cricket’, has said that during that tour, he along with teammate Navjot Singh Sidhu were held at gunpoint by a bunch of teenagers on the Underground Tube Service.
Dada’s chapter which has been aptly titled “Troubles in England”, recounts exactly what transpired during that ride and says that incident is the reason he only drives in England.
“I will almost always drive myself around when I’m in England now, after one of the most terrifying moments of my life travelling on the London Underground.”
Ganguly wrote that he and Sidhu had got on the tube to head out towards Pinner. On their carriage, there were a group of teenagers, two boys, and three girls who were drinking and seated opposite to them.
Ganguly explained that he could see that one of them was constantly looking at them while he was drinking and was hoping for some kind of reaction from them.
“I could tell he was looking for some kind of reaction. I didn’t want to get involved at all and I said to Sidhu to leave it alone. I picked up the can and put it to one side, at which point the young lad stood up and said to me, ‘what did you say?’.”
He added that though he replied that he had not said anything, Sidhu jumped in and confronted the guy.
Ganguly sensing trouble immediately took his glasses off and threw them to the floor away from them.
“There were some punches thrown and, just as we got to a station, I pushed the lad and he fell over. He got up and the next thing I saw was a gun in my face. I, thought, My gosh, this is it – my life is going to be over here on this train.”
But to their luck, one of the girls, who was quite big pulled the guy away from them and took him off the train.
“She was really quite strong and I don’t think the young boy wanted to mess with her. I was shaking and obviously very upset, but thankfully my tour and my life were able to continue.”