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Cook's 'colourful' Indian sojourn

The England Test opener had "25 near-death experiences during a short taxi ride in Mumbai".

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 21:38 IST

England Test opener Alastaire Cook had “25 near-death experiences during a short taxi ride in Mumbai” and mis-hit Holi colours at the city chief of police, little wonder then that he has described his experience in India “an extraordinary adventure”.

“I am entering the final phase of what has been an extraordinary three-week adventure for me,” cook wrote in The Times. “Bombay is a teeming, mad city full of life. It is a manic, noisy place where every road trip is a new adventure. In an effort to smarten myself up a bit, I went to a tailor’s shop to be measured up for a suit, and we must have had 25 near-death experiences during a short taxi ride here,” he added.

His Holi celebrations were no less adventurous. Cook tried to throw some colour at skipper Andrew Flintoff but the attempt mishit and he instead coloured the city police chief. “It was all very civilised for a while, but then someone dumped a load of powder on Freddie and a huge powder fight broke out.”

"I threw some at Freddie but missed and hit Bombay's chief of police. He seemed to take it pretty well but if I don't get out of the country next week then I'll know why,” he said.

First Published: Mar 19, 2006 13:12 IST