The cricketing fraternity across the world is mourning on the death of Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds who died in a car accident at 46. The Queensland-based all-rounder died in a car accident, which involved only himself. The accident occurred on the outskirts of Townsville, near Queensland.
Following his demise, investigators involved in the matter issued a statement which read – “Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled. Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.”
Following the news of his death, cricketers across the world took to their social media platforms and shared condolence messages. Adam Gilchrist, former skipper of Australia, took to Twitter and wrote, “Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy”. From high value cricketers like Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, to fans, Twitter has been flooded with tribute messages.
Noted for his exceptional fielding skills, his ability to take wickets on crucial moments, and his huge hits, Andrew Symonds was a part of World Cup winning Australian team twice in his life.
The Facts of the Matter
A couple of months after legendary Australian spin bowler Shane Warne passed away, his former team mate Andrew Symonds died in a car crash at 46 on Saturday. The Queensland based Australian all-rounder was involved in a lone-passenger car accident which transpired on the outskirts of Townsville.
The Brutal Accident that Killed Andrew Symonds
After the accident, investigators issued a statement which went into details as to how Symonds’ car crashed. “Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled. Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries,” the statement read.
Cricket Australia Calls Symonds “Generational Talent”
Australia’s BCCI counterpart Cricket Australia’s Lachlan Henderson was quoted saying, “Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history.”
Following his passing, cricketing community flooded Twitter with tribute messages, reacting to the tragic news and mourning about the same.
Cricketing Fraternity Mourns Loss of Andrew Symonds
Former Australian skipper Adam Gilchrist took to Twitter and wrote, “Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy.”
Australian bowler Jason Gillespie said he was utterly devastated in his tribute message. “Horrendous news to wake up to. Utterly devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate.”
Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar also wrote a lengthy tribute tweet which read – “Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash in Australia. We shared a great relationship on & off the field. Thoughts & prayers with the family.”
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, former batter VVS Laxman, opening batter Shikhar Dhawan also mourned the loss of the Australian all-rounder.
Shocking news to wake up to here in India. Rest in peace my dear friend. Such tragic news 💔🥲 pic.twitter.com/pBWEqVO6IY
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 15, 2022
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 15, 2022
Shocking and saddening to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. May his soul RIP and God give strength to his family in this difficult moment. 🙏🏻
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 15, 2022
Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been outspoken about his strong almost family-like ties, mourned the loss and called Symonds his family. “Today I have lost my closest man. You were just not a colleague. My family, my man. My symonds uncle. I will miss you terribly.”
Today I have lost my closest man.
You were just not a colleague
My family, my man
My symonds uncle ❤️ I will miss you terribly
RIP 🙏🏻💔 pic.twitter.com/5BvliutC8f
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) May 15, 2022
The Life and Times of Andrew Symonds (1975-2022)
Symonds was cricketing world’s one of the best allrounders. He evoked fear in bowlers thanks to his striking ability, and batters often looked uncomfortable when Symonds balled thanks to his off spin. He was also a stealthy fielder.
Many Indians remember his 162-run assault of an inning against India in Sydney back in 2008. Unfortunately, the masterful inning was overshadowed by a race-related controversies which also involved Harbhajan Singh.
He was part of Australia’s World Cup winning team twice and had an eventful life off-field as well. He was known to have problems with alcohol abuse. As he broke drinking rules, he was made to exit the squad. Soon, his Australia contract was cancelled and wasn’t renewed till his retirement.