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Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akhtar and other cricketers mourn the demise of Andrew Symonds

Updated on: 15 May,2022 12:43 PM IST  |  New Delhi
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Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds died in a car crash late on Saturday

Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akhtar and other cricketers mourn the demise of Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds. File Pic/ AFP


Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds died in a car accident in Hervey Range, 50 kms west of Townsville in far north Queensland late on Saturday. A Queensland police statement says, the 46-years-old was in a single-car crash. Following the news of Symonds death, the cricketing world expressed its grief on social media.


"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 and friends," Tendulkar tweeted on Sunday morning.


Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds. Gone too soon. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Prayers for the departed soul, wrote Harbhajan Singh. 

"Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. Thats Roy." Tweeted Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist was joined by Symonds's other ICC World Cup 2003 squad mates -- fast bowler Jason Gillespie and opening batter Matthew Hayden -- who took to Twitter to express shock and dismay.

"Heartbreaking," Bevan said in his reaction to the death of the Queenslander. "Aussie cricket losing another hero. Stunned. ... Amazing talent." Gillespie tweeted: "Horrendous news to wake up to. Utterly devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate."

Former Australian Test cricketer and commentator Damen Fleming said: "This is so devastating. Roy was so much fun to be around."

In our part of the world, former Test cricketer VVS Laxman reacted by saying: "Shocking news to wake up to here in India. Rest in peace my dear friend. Such tragic news."

From the other side of the border, Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar tweeted: "Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash in Australia. We shared a great relationship on & off the field. Thoughts & prayers with the family."


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