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Andrew Symonds was one of the famous Australian international Cricket player who took the title of an all rounder. He was commonly known by the name Roy. He was a right handed batsman positioned as a medium order batsman and a medium pace and off spin bowler. He was born on 9 June 1975 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Andrew Symonds was one of the most lethal white-ball all-rounders in Australian cricket. He was an exceptional hitter of the ball, whereas his bowling and fielding were incredibly brilliant as well. Unfortunately Australian cricket world lost the great player the all rounder on 14 May 2022 at the age of 46. Symonds was died in a single-vehicle road accident in Townsville, Queensland.
Andrew Symonds Early Life
Andrew Symonds was born on 9 June 1975 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England . Three months after birth he was adopted by parents Ken and Barbara and moved to Australia. He had three siblings. He spent early part of his childhood in Charters Towers, Northern Queensland .He showed his sporting spirit from his early age .His father was also a cricket mad. Later his family moved to Gold coast.
Andrew Symonds Cricket Career
Symonds also known “Roy”, played 26 Tests, 198 ODIs and 14 T20Is for Australia. He was a part of Australia’s World Cup winning sides in 2003 and 2007, under the leadership of Ricky Ponting. in November in the year. He made his international debut in an ODI against Pakistan in November 1998 and earned his baggy green in 2004. Additionally, he made his T20I debut in the first-ever T20 international match in 2005, between Australia and New Zealand. He played a key role in Australia’s title victories in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups with his powerful batting and impacting bowling performances He was one of the three Australian players to score more than 5000 runs (5088) and take over 100 wickets (133) in the ODI format. His top score of 156 in this format came against New Zealand in December 2005.He was the only Australian player to register a double of 250 runs and 10 wickets in ODI series. Andrew Symonds was the ultimate limited-overs package. Although his career didn’t span for a really long time, he did enough during his stay in international cricket to make his presence felt. A pure matchwinner for Australia, he even shrugged off the limited-overs specialist tag to make a surprise entry into Test cricket where again, he shone bright with quite a few impressive performances. For a man so gifted, only his own undoing could have derailed things and that’s precisely what ended Symonds’ career well before it actually should. A sensation on the field, Ricky Ponting once declared Symonds as the greatest fielder he had ever seen.
Andrew Symonds, however, had to face differences with officials in the later stages of his career due to his attitude. He was dropped from Australia’s ODI series against Bangladesh in 2008 when he went fishing instead of attending a team meeting. Disciplinary action was also taken against him for violating the team’s alcohol rules before the T20 World Cup in 2009.Symonds retired from all formats of cricket in the year 2012 and became a regular member of broadcasting for Australia’s international games and Big Bash League (BBL).
Andrew Symonds ODI & Test Career
The T20 cricket came in the latter part of Symonds’ career, and he could just play 14 T20Is in his career. However, he played for Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League. Symonds bagged a contract of USD 1.35 million from the Deccan Chargers. in IPL 2008.
Andrew Symonds IPL Career
Symonds had played for both Deccan chargers and Mumbai Indians. Before his contract with Mumbai Indians in 2011, Symonds had played for the Deccan Chargers for three Indian Premier League seasons between 2008-2011. In 39 IPL matches across four seasons, Symonds had scored 974 runs at an average and strike rate of 36.07 and 129.87 respectively. He was the most expensive overseas player in Indian Premier League 2008 auction and the second costliest buy in the auction after MS Dhoni. Meanwhile, in IPL 2009, Symonds was part of the title-winning Deccan Chargers team, scoring 249 runs and took seven wickets.
|Test||Vs Sri Lanka ,March 08,2004||Vs South Africa ,December 26,2008|
|ODI||Vs Pakistan ,November 10,1998||Vs Pakistan, May 03,2009|
|T20||Vs New zealand ,Feb 17,2005
|Vs Pakistan ,May 07,2009|
|IPL||Vs KKR, April 20,2008
|Vs RR ,May 20,2011|
Andrew Symonds Recognition for his career
Symonds was a hero during his time at the top of his international career and one of Australia’s most accomplished all-rounders to date. The Queensland player had a huge fan following when he was at the top of his career, not only because of his hard hitting game but also because of his personality.
Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia in which he scored two centuries. He is, however, better recognized as a specialist limited overs cricketer. The right-handed batsman played 198 One Day Internationals for Australia and was part of the World Cup winning team twice .After retiring as a player, Symonds gained popularity as a commentator. Andrew Symonds will be honored with a youth academy in his name at his foundation club on the Gold Coast.
Death is a fact of life. Everyone has to go to the divine world. The cricketers are not exceptional. Many cricketers lost their lives in their careers and many soon after their retirement. Different causes become the reason for their loss .However their departure always becomes a global mourning. The death of Andrew Symonds put the cricket lover in deep sorrow.