Following the tragic news of the death of Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, the cricketing world bid farewell to one of the most well-liked former stars.
A host of former Australian team-mates and international stars have used social media to share their sympathies surrounding the tragic loss of Andrew Symonds.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, ex-skipper Ricky Ponting and fast bowler Jason Gillespie - who all played alongside Symonds at the 2003 World Cup - expressed their dismay at the news.
Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy. 💔😞— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) May 15, 2022
If Roy shook your hand you had his word, that’s the sort of bloke he was and that's why I always wanted him on my team. An extraordinary player and even better human being. Can’t believe he’s gone. Thoughts are with his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/7r7FiK1CzK— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) May 15, 2022
Horrendous news to wake up to.— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) May 14, 2022
Utterly devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate.☹️ #RIPRoy
I knew Roy since the age of 17 from junior cricket. One of the most gifted athletes I’ve ever witnessed. He didn’t play for money or fame, these things were irrelevant to him. As long as he could afford to wet a line & have a cold beer, Roy was happy. First picked in any team 💔 pic.twitter.com/l1JN3HHJdI— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) May 15, 2022
Heartbreaking. Aussie cricket losing another hero.— Michael Bevan (@mbevan12) May 15, 2022
Stunned. Co-team members 2003 World Cup. Amazing talent.
RIP SIMMO 😥
This is so devastating 😞— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) May 14, 2022
Roy was So much fun to be around
Our Thoughts are with Symonds family #RIPRoy
As a kid, you just had to watch whenever Roy was playing. When I started playing for Aus, he was the guy every player named as their favorite teammate. Thoughts are with his family and all his mates, and thanks for all the entertainment. https://t.co/uQViMaYe7x— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) May 15, 2022
Can’t believe what I’ve just woken up to 😔— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) May 15, 2022
Thinking of his family, his teammates and everyone in the cricket community. We’ve lost another one of our hero’s #RIPRoy
Vale Andrew Symonds.— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) May 15, 2022
We are shocked and saddened by the loss of the loveable Queenslander, who has tragically passed away at the age of 46. pic.twitter.com/ZAn8lllskK
Pakistan star Shoaib Akhtar was one of the first international players to share his thoughts.
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. #AndrewSymonds pic.twitter.com/QMZMCwLdZs— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 14, 2022
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.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 15, 2022
May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/QnUTEZBbsD
Have had the privilege to work with some “big names” in the IPL,as well as a couple of “big characters “. Andrew Symmonds was a fierce competitor and generous teammate. Arguably the greatest all-round fielder ever, on top of his contribution with both bat n ball. #RIPRoy pic.twitter.com/fhDDDIRWD1— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) May 15, 2022
Woke up to this shocking news! RIP legend ! Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/lOqBeFAjta— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) May 15, 2022
We exchanged messages just hours ago... what’s really going on? Baffled and heartbroken! How could we lose another iconic figure in our sport so soon 💔 RIP Roy— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) May 15, 2022
Condolences to Andrew’s family and close friends.#unfair
Shocking news to wake up to here in India. Rest in peace my dear friend. Such tragic news 💔🥲 pic.twitter.com/pBWEqVO6IY— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 15, 2022
So sad to hear the news this morning… great competitor who was so much fun off the field. RIP Symo !! 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/l6MxpMZwGD— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) May 15, 2022
Shocking and saddening to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. May his soul RIP and God give strength to his family in this difficult moment. 🙏🏻— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 15, 2022
Tragic news to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. Condolences to his family, friends and well wishers.— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) May 15, 2022
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 🙏#RIPSymonds— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 15, 2022
Saddened and shocked to hear the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds. A legend of the sport, gone too soon 💔— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) May 15, 2022
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends 🙏#RIPRoy
Heart goes out to Roys next of kin 😢🙏❤️ RIP Andrew Symonds 🙏— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) May 15, 2022
Respected cricket commentator Mel Jones was among a list of female stars that were shocked by the news.
What is happening in the world….I can’t believe it. Wake up to find another amazing cricketer Andrew Symonds has been lost too soon. 💔 for his family and friends. Not sure Australian cricket fraternity can take much more 😢 #RIPRoy— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) May 15, 2022
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