Some Lesser Known Facts About Andrew Symonds
- Andrew Symonds was an Australian cricketer who is known for being the most controversial international cricketer. He died on 14 May 2022 in a car accident in Townsville, Queensland.
- Symonds’s birth parents belonged to different backgrounds. One of them was of African-Caribbean background, and the other was of Scandinavian descent. He was adopted at the age of three by Ken and Barbara after which he moved to Australia.
- He was interested in sports from an early age. In an interview, he talked about his interest and said,
Dad was cricket mad. He’d throw balls to me five or six days a week, before school, after school. And we’d play all sorts of games inside the house with ping-pong balls and Christmas decorations.”
- Symonds played his junior cricket for the Wanderers club for which he had to make a 270-kilometre return trip twice a week.
- In 1994, he became the AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder. In 1995, he was selected for England A tour of Pakistan, but he decided not to go.
- When he was a part of the Queensland state team, he scored more than 5,000 runs and took more than 100 wickets.
- He played for four countries during his career including Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, and Surrey.
- During the initial phase of his international career, he was not able to make a remark as a batsman or bowler, but his fielding was praised. He was not even a part of the playing eleven at that time. He got a chance to show his game in the 2003 Cricket World Cup. His performance in the match against Pakistan was considered one of the best knocks in one-day cricket history.
- In 2007, crowds at the One Day Series in Vadodara, Nagpur and Mumbai were seen monkey chanting to offend Symonds. The incident was denied by the BCCI which claimed that the people were worshipping Lord Hanuman.
- In 2008, he hit a streaker during the Commonwealth Bank Series.
- In 2008, he played for Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was the second most expensive player to be bought for US$1,350,000. In 2011, he was bought by Mumbai Indians for US$850,000.
- In 2008, during the August 2008 series against Bangladesh in Darwin, he was not allowed to play because he missed a team meeting. In an interview, the captain talked about this and said,
The main concern from us is Andrew’s commitment, to playing for this team and, in my opinion and I know the rest of the leadership team’s opinion, you need to be committed 100 per cent.”
- He was a big fan of the Brisbane Broncos since childhood. In 2002, when he was not able to perform well in matches, it was considered that he would switch to rugby league.
- In 2009, while he was drunk, he gave a radio interview and made a controversial remark about Brendon McCulluma.
- In 2011, he made a cameo in the Bollywood film Patiala House. In the same year, he appeared as a contestant on the Indian reality show Bigg Boss 5. During the show, he faced a language barrier, due to which, Pooja Mishra, had to return to the show as a translator for him. In an interview, he talked about his participation in the show and said,
I have been travelling to India for so many years now for cricket. I have so many friends here, so foraying into showbiz here seemed like a natural decision.”
- In 2012, Symonds retired from all forms of cricket.
- In 2013, Ricky Ponting, in his autobiography At the Close of Play, said that Symonds was a victim of abuse, and he was guilty that he could not help him.
- In an interview, Stephen Gray, the writer of Symonds’s autobiography revealed that once, Symonds and two of his friends went swimming, but they went deep in water. They had to swim for more than three hours to come back to the island.
- In an interview, he revealed that he went bald and donated his dreadlocks to the leukaemia affected children.
- Symonds was called by the name ‘Roy’ by his sports coach because he liked the former Basketball player Leroy Loggins.
- The two eye-witnesses of Symonds death, Waylon Townson and his girlfriend Babetha Neliman, talked about the scene and said,
When we got there we could see a car upside down with a man in it. He was partially hanging out of the motor with the country music he was listening to still playing. One of the dog was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him. It would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or go near him.”
- After he died on 14 May 2022, to pay tribute to him, a minute’s silence was kept by the players in a match between Kent and Surrey during the 2022 County Championship and a Fishing Rods for Roy campaign was also launched keeping in view his interest in fishing. Many cricket fans in Australia kept the fishing rods and cricket balls outside their houses.
- After his death, his sister, Louise, penned down a heartbreaking note for her brother and wrote,
Gone far too soon!“Rest in peace Andrew. I wish we had one more day, one more phone call. My heart is broken. I will always love you my brother.”
- In an interview, his wife, Laura talked about the demise of her husband and said,
We are still in shock – I’m just thinking of the two kids. He was such a big person, and there is just so much of him in his kids. He was the most laidback person. Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical. He was never good with his phone, but he always had time for everyone.”