Harbhajan Singh tweet on Andrew Symonds death: India spinner Harbhajan Singh, involved in one of the biggest on-field brawls between the Australian and Indian cricket boards, on Sunday paid tribute to legendary all-rounder Andrew Symonds. Symonds died in a car accident in Queensland on Saturday. The off-spinner took to Twitter to pay tribute to the 46-year-old former Australian all-rounder, saying the cricketing great was gone too soon.
Harbhajan tweeted, “Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds. Gone too soon. My condolences to the family and friends.”
The all-rounder played 26 Tests for Australia, scoring 1,462 runs at an average of 40.61 and taking 24 wickets with his off-spin and medium pace. During the second Test of the series between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2008, Symonds scored an unbeaten 162 in the first innings to help the hosts win by 122 runs.
However, later this test got embroiled in controversies regarding the ‘Monkeygate Affair’. Symonds accused Harbhajan of calling him a ‘monkey’, leading to a dispute between the two sides. Harbhajan was suspended for three matches. After which India threatened to cancel the tour.
Symonds then filed a complaint that Harbhajan had harassed her racially. The matter went to match referee Mike Proctor, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) lodged a protest over the suspension of their player. However, the allegation of racism on Harbhajan could not be proved later and the three-Test ban was lifted.
Symonds scored six centuries and 30 half-centuries in 198 ODIs. Also took 133 wickets with his off-spin and medium pace. In the 2003 World Cup, Symonds started off with his greatest innings, hitting an unbeaten 143 against Pakistan at Johannesburg at the start of the tournament, helping Australia remain unbeaten. In the same World Cup, Australia defeated India in the one-sided final. This right-handed player was also a part of the victorious World Cup in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies. or did. Symonds played 14 T20Is for Australia, scoring 337 runs and taking eight wickets.
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
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