Nagamootoo lucky not have suffered greater injury

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2002, 21:03 [IST]
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Port of Spain: West Indies spin bowler Mahendra Nagamootoo is recovering fast from the injuries sustained in a vehicular accident in Guyana last Friday.

The 26-year-old was resting comfortably when members of his family and fellow West Indies cricketer, Jamaican Ricardo Powell, visited him at the St Clair Medical Centre, reported 'Trinidad Express'. His mother Mavis Nagamootoo accompanied her son from Guyana and was joined by the Mahendra's brother Vishal (the Guyana wicket-keeper) and wife Pinky. Vishal said his brother was very lucky to escape without greater injury. "If you see the bus which he was in, you would think that everyone had died. It was so twisted you wouldn't believe," Vishal was quoted as saying. Despite the state of the wreckage, Vishal reported that no one else was hurt.

Mahendra was asleep at the time of the accident. Vishal met with a similar accident earlier this year, which kept him out of the 2002 Busta Cup. Mavis said attending physician Dr Terry Ali had given a good prognosis as her son had not sustained any broken bones. She said Ali reported Nagamootoo had suffered a bruised rib, along with facial injuries. "They were very concerned about the cut on his head," she said. The leg spinner, who played in the first Test against India, has several stitches on his right temple and was put in a neck brace as a precaution. He also has swelling around his right eye and was unable to speak much because of a cut on his tongue.

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