The world woke up on May 15 to the shocking news of Australian cricket icon Andrew Symonds’ death in a car crash. There was an outpouring of grief and the world looked back on his many milestones.
The International Cricket Council shared a video of him scoring 143 runs against Pakistan -- a career defining moment -- during the 2003 World Cup. In the tournament’s final, Australia had defeated India.
“As we mourn the loss of former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, we take a look back to his tremendous 143* against Pakistan at the 2003 World Cup,” ICC tweeted.
— ICC (@ICC) May 15, 2022
Symonds, 46, was also part of Australia’s 2007 World Cup winning team. In West Indies, the team had defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs to win their fourth 50-over World Cup title.
Symonds also played 14 T20I and 26 test matches for Australia.
The cricketer was regarded an accomplished all-rounder. Known for his batting displays, he could also bowl medium pace as well as off-spin.
Symonds’ death followed the passing of two other Australian cricketing giants -- Rod Marsh and Shane Warne – in March. Both Warne and Marsh had died of heart attacks within hours of one another on March 4.
Symonds met with an accident on the night of May 14 in Hervey Range, 50 km from Australia’s Townsville city, news agency Reuters reported. The police said the car he was driving left the road and rolled.
The Forensic Crash Unit is conducting an investigation of the mishap, they added.(With inputs from Reuters)