Mumbai Indians, the five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions, have shared their memories of Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who died in a car accident in Queensland on Saturday at the age of 46.
Symonds was a key member of Australia’s World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007, as well as a regular in the ODI side under Ricky Ponting’s captaincy. Symonds, who was aggressive and flamboyant, was tailor-made for the T20 format and was involved in the IPL from its inception.
From 1998 to 2009, Roy, as he was affectionately known, represented Australia in all formats and earned a reputation as a player who always gave it his all with the bat, with the ball, and in the field.
The entire cricketing community has been in mourning since the death of one of this generation’s greatest all-rounders.
“After his time with Deccan Chargers, Symonds joined Mumbai Indians in 2011 and created some lasting memories in the Blue and Gold. Symmo played 11 matches for MI and scored 135 runs at an average of 33.75. His highest score of 44 not out came against his former side Deccan Chargers, as his quick-fire knock led the team to a 37-run win. Symonds was also a part of our Champions League T20 winning squad of 2011/12 and will always be fondly remembered for his contribution to MI,” Mumbai Indians said in a statement.
Andrew Symond’s demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb. Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field. I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians.
May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/QnUTEZBbsD
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 15, 2022
Earlier in the day, Symonds’ old rival and former Mumbai Indians teammate Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “Andrew Symonds’ demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb. Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field. I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians. May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family and friends.”
“Symonds always played the game in the Aussie way, giving his everything on the field and never backing down from a challenge. Cricket truly lost a modern-day great today. You’ll be deeply missed, Roy,” added the MI statement.
(Inputs from IANS)