Mehar Mohammad Khalil the Pakistani bus driver has been credited for saving the lives of the entire Sri lankan Test squad.
The quick thinking and courage of Mehar ‘ The Bullet Dodger’ Khalil has now given him super hero status.
The gunmen – seen on CCTV footage fleeing calmly – only left the scene of the attack after Mehar managed to drive the bus into the Gadaffi Stadium.
CNN reports that donations have sprung up globally to aid the driver and his family.
Private donors in Lahore have rewarded Khalil with 300,000 rupees (more than $3,000) — a small fortune for a Pakistani bus driver.
Sri Lankan media group ‘Associated Newspapers of Ceylon’ has extended an invitation to Mehar and his family for an all expenses paid one week holiday of the Island.
According to a statement issued by the Sri Lankan High Commission on Friday the invitation "comes with the blessings" of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mahela Jayawardene too on his website stated that he was extremely grateful to Khalil.
‘The truth is we owe our lives to the courageous Mohammad Khalil, the driver. I will forever be grateful to him,’ wrote Kumar Sangakkara on his column on Cricinfo.
There is no doubt that to do what Mehar did – facing a barrage of bullet fire – required immense courage. We here at island Cricket along with other Sri Lankan Cricket sites, Blogs, and forums will be collecting funds to donate to Mehar.
Island Cricket will host a banner with details on how to make donations in the coming days.