Andrew Symonds, an explosive right-handed batsman, and an occasional bowler, was one of the most impactful Australian cricketers in the 2000s.
His untimely death has certainly left all the cricket fans heartbroken and devastated
So here, we have listed down 25 interesting facts about Symonds.
1) On 9 June 1994, Andrew Symonds was born in the city of Birmingham in England
One of his biological parents was of Afro-Caribbean background and the other one was of Danish descent
2) An English couple – Ken and Barbara Symonds, adopted him when he was a baby.
At an early age, his adopted parents moved to Australia. Being born in England, Andrew used to hold a British passport.
3) At a young age, Symonds was nicknamed ‘Roy’ after Leroy Loggins, a Basketball player who played for Brisbane.
4) He played much of his junior cricket for the Wanderers club in Townsville
Later, his family moved to the Gold Coast, where Symonds studied at ‘All Saints Anglican School’ in Merrimac
5) Symonds made his First-Class debut for Queensland during the 1994-95 season.
He smashed his maiden first-class century ( 108 not out ) against a touring England team and caught everyone’s attention
In this match, Matthew Hayden and Jimmy Maher also smashed centuries against the touring England team
6) ln August 1995, playing for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan, Symonds annihilated the Glamorgan bowling by playing a destructive innings of 254 not out
In this match, Symonds smashed 16 sixes, the 2nd highest sixes hit in a first-class innings
7) Being born in England, Symonds used to hold a British passport
So, by the virtue of that passport, in late 1995, Symonds got the opportunity to play for England-A
But, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, he made it clear that he only wishes to play for Cricket Australia
8) On 10 November 1998, he made his ODI debut for Australia against Pakistan in Lahore which Australia managed to win by 6 wickets
9) An excellent striker of the cricket ball and a handy-bowler in the limited overs format, Andrew Symonds was not a regular member of the playing XI until the 2003 Cricket World Cup
In such uncertain times, Symonds thought of moving to rugby league in 2002.
10) In the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he played a superb 143 run knock against Pakistan in New Wanderers
This innings against a superb Pakistani bowling attack which consisted of Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis, permanently cemented his place in the Australian ODI team. This was also his maiden century in ODIs
Australia managed to win all the matches to win the 2003 World Cup
11) Symonds loved swimming but on one occasion, he encountered a dangerous situation with Matthew Hayden.
Once, Matthew Hayden, Andrew Symonds, and another friend went swimming.
But, the boat suddenly sunk and they had to swim for more than three hours in shark-infested waters to reach an island.
12) Mainly considered as a limited-overs player, Symonds was brought into the side, only after Steve Waugh’s retirement retired in 2004
On 8 March 2004, Symonds made his test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle
Even though he performed poorly in the series, he took the catch of Hashan Tillakaratne to help his Shane Warne reach the 500 test wickets landmark
13) In 2005, Symonds was dropped from the Australian team due to his alcohol issues ahead of a tri-series game against Bangladesh in Cardiff
14) On 26 December 2005, in MCG, Symonds hit six sixes and played a destructive 54-ball 72 runs knock against the Proteas in the second innings of the test match
With that knock, he made an Australian record for the fastest test century (40 balls) as Australia managed to win the match comfortably
15) In February 2006, in the 3rd ODI match of the VB series, Symonds played a swashbuckling 151 run knock ( off 127 balls ) against Sri Lanka in SCG
16) In December 2006, in the Boxing Day Test, Symonds played a superb 156 run knock against England in MCG
In this match, he and Gilchrist stitched a mammoth 279 run partnership for the 6th wicket and helped his team win the match comfortably
17) For his performances in the ODIs in 2005 and 2006, he was named in the ‘World ODI XI’ for two consecutive years
18) In January 2008, Symonds scored 162 runs against India in SCG
In the same test, Symonds and the other Australian players alleged that Harbhajan had called him a ‘monkey’, which gave rise to the ‘monkey gate incident’
Later, even though both of them reconciled, this incident certainly marked the beginning of the end of Symonds career
19) In the 2008 IPL auctions, Deccan Chargers picked Andrew Symonds for USD 1.35 million, which made Symonds the highest paid overseas cricketer in the 2008 IPL auction
20) In early 2009, after he was completely drunk, he gave a controversial radio interview to an Australian radio channel
In this interview, he called New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum “a piece of sh**”.
21) In 2009, after a controversial contract breach, Andrew Symonds was axed from the Australian setup
In June 2009, he played a rugby game for the Wynnum-Manly team in an exhibition match.
After this small rugby stint, Symonds again returned to cricket and played the game till 2011.
22) In 2010, Symonds was one of the very few cricketers who started popularizing the Mongoose Cricket Bat.
In the 4th IPL, Symonds was bought by Mumbai Indians for USD 850,000.
23) In 2011, Andrew Symonds had a brief two-week stint on the Indian Television show Bigg Boss.
24) In his later years, Symonds adopted a bald look to finance charity for leukemia-affected children and the doctors.
25) On 14 May 2022, at 46, Symonds died in a single-vehicle road accident in Townsville, Queensland