New Delhi: A rather unusual incident occurred on a rather usual morning in the life of Michael Whitaker on Wednesday.
As the father-of-two got into his car to get to work, he found former Zimbabwe star Brendan Taylor asleep on the back sat.
Understandably stunned, Whitaker called the police report the same.
Taylor, who retired from international cricket after the 2015 Cricket World Cup, had been out celebrating his county side Nottinghamshire's win over Durham in the quarter-final of the Royal London One-Day Cup at Trent Bridge.
— Brendan Taylor (@BrendanTaylor86) August 24, 2015
— Nottingham Post (@Nottingham_Post) August 28, 2015
Post the victory celebrations, Taylor opted to crash inside a stranger's car instead of heading home. Luckily for the Zimbabwean, the blue Chevrolet Matiz hatchback had been left unlocked overnight by its owner.
Whitaker, who hadn't heard of the right-hander's exploits on the cricket field, woke Taylor up after having called the police.
He told the Nottingham Post: "Neither myself, the police or Brendan knew what to do. "I don't think he knew where he was but he was very apologetic and it quickly became clear that it was very innocent.
"Realising who it was made it even funnier because how often do you find an international cricket star asleep in your car? We just see the funny side of this now. It was one of the best excuses to be late for work ever."
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: "We attended the scene but concluded that no offence had been committed. The man in the car was extremely apologetic and even offered to get the car valeted."