Written by Rishabh Singh.
Swashbuckling former all-rounder Andrew Symonds has been killed in a car crash, Cricket Australia said Sunday, in another tragic blow for the sport after the recent deaths of fellow greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.
The 46-year-old Andrew Symond who played 26 Tests and 198 one-day internationals for Australia from 1998 to 2009, was involved in a single-car accident outside Townsville in Queensland state on Saturday night.
Police said emergency services attempted to revive the driver and sole occupant, but he died from his injuries after the car left the road and rolled.
Australian cricket has lost another of its very best,” Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson said in a statement.
“Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history.
Cricket Australia issued a statement attributed to chair 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, team-mates, and friends.”
Brutally aggressive with the bat, powerfully agile on the field and deceptively dangerous with the ball, Symonds was the ultimate limited-overs package and an integral member of Australia’s unbeaten World Cup campaigns of 2003 and 2007.
Born in Birmingham, Symonds could have played for England but turned down a call-up to the England A side after turning heads in 1995 when he smashed 16 sixes enroute his 254 for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan. His record (jointly held) for the most sixes in a County Championship was only bettered last week by Ben Stokes.
The Australia debut eventually came in an ODI at the Gaddafi Stadium in November 1998, but it was at the 2003 World Cup when Symonds truly arrived on the international circuit. In Australia’s first match of the competition at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, Symonds walked out to bat with the holders reeling at 86 for 4. He proceeded to take apart a Pakistan attack comprising Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar to finish with a 125-ball 143. He would go on to score five more hundreds in the 50-over format and finished with an average touching nearly 40 despite predominantly playing as a finisher.
(Rishabh is student of BA-JMC first year from Maharishi University Of Information Technology, Noida)