Personalities influence us in different ways. It is their charm and work that make us their lifetime fan. This year so far has been excellent and happening for cricket across the globe. But some great players left us. Australia lost three of its great players this year. Spinner Shane Warne and Wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh passed away in March. Andrew Symonds, the Australian all-rounder passed away at an age of 46 in a car accident just recently. He has been a match performer for Australia in the World Cups. Farewell Andrew Symonds! You will be missed.
He was born in Birmingham, but he did not play for England. He got selected in 1998 for Australia. The Australian Team is lucky enough to have legendary players in all formats. He was an ultimate all-rounder, a fearsome striker of a cricket ball, and a great fielder. He played for Australia from 1998 to 2009. He played 26 tests and 198 ODIs. He was two time World Cup winner in 2003 and 2007. He was also a key member of the test side.
Some of his memorable international innings are:
- 143*: Australia vs Pakistan, 2003 World Cup
- 156: Australia vs England, 2006
- 162*: Australia vs India, 2008
Cricketing World pays tribute
His colleagues, friends, and fans paid tribute to him across the world.
The Kent Cricket chair, Simon Philip said, “Andrew Symonds remains one of the most popular Kent players of the modern era. He contributed greatly to the Club across all three formats and his rare talent left many extraordinary memories with those who saw him play.”
David Fulton said, “He was a brilliant, combative cricketer who could win a game with bat, ball, in the field or with his sheer will to win and presence on the field. Simply, a fantastic teammate.”
Cricket Australia Chairman Lachlan Henderson, “Australian cricket has lost another of its very best. Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history. He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends. On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest sympathies are with Andrew’s family, teammates, and friends.”
Queensland Cricket chair, Chris Simpson said: “On behalf of Queensland Cricket, we express our deepest sympathies to his family and will do whatever we can to assist them. It is a shattering loss to those nearest to him and his wide circle of friends which extends to all corners of the cricketing world. His untimely passing will also resonate deeply with the many fans who were thrilled with his efforts with the bat, ball, and on the field. He stood out for his skill, courage, and determination, and the fans who saw him at his best will never forget his impact on a game. We are all hurting and will miss him greatly. His former teammates will remember his loyalty to the playing group and recall the fun times with great fondness, and sorrow that he is gone.”
💬When no one was coming here, he came here (Pakistan)💬
— CricWick (@CricWick) May 16, 2022
A tribute to Andrew Symonds and his contributions towards Australian cricket & the sport in general. Also his role in bringing back cricket to Pakistan. Also our on field fun tussles. You will be missed buddy.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 15, 2022
Vale Andrew Symonds.
We are shocked and saddened by the loss of the loveable Queenslander, who has tragically passed away at the age of 46. pic.twitter.com/ZAn8lllskK
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) May 15, 2022
Devastating news to wake up to… another Australian cricket legend taken from us way too soon.
Andrew Symonds, 46, killed in a car crash just two months after his great mate Shane Warne died.
Magnificent all-rounder, wonderful character, Aussie sporting icon. RIP ‘Roy’. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/rLY0ieOG8o
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 15, 2022
Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy. 💔😞
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) May 15, 2022
This is so devastating 😞
Roy was So much fun to be around
Our Thoughts are with Symonds family #RIPRoy
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) May 14, 2022
It is indeed sad for the cricket world to lose such a gem, but then again he will always stay in our hearts for his performances.