Andrew Symonds, one of the most flamboyant cricketers, died at the age of 46 in a car accident around 50 kilometers outside Townsville on May 14 night. After receiving the news, the entire cricketing establishment was stunned, and he was a household name in the country as well. In his prime, Symonds was one of the best middle-order batters in the game, and he made numerous significant contributions to the Australian team.
Symonds scored 1462 runs in 26 Tests for Australia at an average of 40.61, and 5088 runs in 198 One-Day Internationals at an average of 39.75. The all-rounder only played 14 T20 internationals but had a huge effect, hitting 337 runs at an average of 48.14. During his playing stint, he also made some great fielding efforts, particularly with his bullet throws inside the circle.
Another claim about the Australian great is that Symonds was commonly known by the nickname “Roy,” and his childhood sports coach was the first to call him by such name. His nickname was inspired by his resemblance to former basketball star Leroy Loggins, who is an American-Australian. Loggins was a member of the illustrious National Basketball League from 1981 to 2001.
Symonds made his international debut in 1998 and had a significant impact on the Australian team, particularly in ODIs. He was also a contributor in any department and never failed to give his all on the field. He was also a member of Australia’s two World Cup-winning teams. However, he was involved in a number of incidents off the field, which harmed his cricketing career in the long run.
Symonds played for the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, and he was the second most expensive player in the first mega auction in 2008. He also played county cricket for Kent, Lancashire, Surrey, and Gloucestershire.