Whether he was taking wickets, thumping runs, or fielding like a demon, Andrew Symonds 'Roy’ was a larger-than-life role model in Australian cricket.
A sadden but reality check
This year has been tragic for the cricketing world as we have seen our beloved Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds pass away. Legends that are loved by many and were tremendously feared when they were on the pitch. Their talent was second to none, and these two are considered legends of the cricketing world and Australian Cricket.
Whilst Shane Warne was an all-in-all spinner, Andrew Symonds was an all-rounder who was great with the bat and had an aggressive batting style along with being a medium pace bowler and sometimes an off-spinner. Unfortunately, Andrew Symonds recently met with a car accident and left us with some magnificent memories.
The Legend That ‘WAS’ & ALWAYS ‘WILL BE’
The legendary Symonds played for Australia in all three formats and was an integral part of two World-Cup winning sides. He was nicknamed "Roy" and was known for his excellent fielding skills. Ricky Ponting once called Symonds the best fielder he has ever seen, placing him higher than Herschelle Gibbs or even Jonty Rhodes. The all-rounder was very agile for his height and stood at an intimidating 1.87 m.
One interesting fact about the legend that many people don't know is that he was selected to play for England. He decided to pursue a career in Australian Cricket instead.
Symonds Cricket Beauty
His batting average stood at 40.61 in tests, 39.75 in ODIs, and 42.2 in first-class cricket. He had taken 24, 133, and 242 wickets in all three formats, respectively.
In 2008, Deccan Chargers bought Symonds for the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and he was the second most expensive player in the edition at that time. He scored a massive 117 runs in 53 balls against the Rajasthan Royals, however, his team lost the match with Symonds conceding 19 runs in the final over of the match.
It has to be - My Way or The Highway
After 2008 he spent a lot of his time out of the team due to disciplinary issues and was sent home from the World Twenty20 in 2009. It was his third expulsion in one year. Australian Cricket decided to withdraw his central contract following the disciplinary issues, and in 2012 Symonds decided to retire to focus on his personal life.
His performances often changed the course of the game, and he was largely considered a match winner by many pundits and spectators. Symonds replaced the legendary Steve Waugh in the Australian Team as selectors saw his match-winning potential and game-changing style of play and attitude.
The fact that he could switch between medium pace and off-spin shows just how versatile and important a player he was. His batting style was one where he scored runs quickly and was famous for sporting a zinc cream on his lips while on the field.
He had two pet dogs who were in the car crash but survived and refused to leave his side as the paramedics took him away. We celebrate the life of this legend and wish that his soul may rest in peace.