Gavaskar: England would have left mid-way had riots happened in India

England left mid-way during the tour of India after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 Getty Images

London: Aug 10, 2011

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes England’s cricketers would have “hit the panic button” and talked of leaving the series midway if the UK riots had happened in India.

England and India face off in the third cricket Test in Edgbaston amid growing riots in the UK after a youth was allegedly killed in police firing.

Gavaskar said a situation like this in India would have evoked reactions of wanting to leave by English cricketers.

“No question about it, they would have been pressing the panic button. They would have been talking in terms of the team returning home. That is a given,” Gavaskar told the ‘Sun’ newspaper.

England, under Kevin Pietersen, did leave a tour of India midway after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 but came back to complete the series after a while. (PTI)