Andrew Symonds death: Cricketer chases down pitch intruders
Andrew Symonds died in a car accident on Sunday. The 46-year-old will be remembered for his brilliant fielding as well as his batting skills. Moreover, the sly cricketer also lived up to his reputation of being the one to bring down the intruders. Not once but twice he faced the streakers and made quite a name for himself. It was his well-formed body that helped him. The cricketer was found dead after his car spun on the road. It came as a huge shock to all the cricket fans who heard about Shane Warne’s tragic death in March.
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Coming back to the first incident, which took place in 1997, an intruder ran into the middle as he wanted to collect a bail during the home One Day Cup final, where Queensland was against Western Australia. Although she didn’t expect it, Symonds saw her and accused the man of taking her down. Though he failed to catch on, the man was so frightened that he ran away from the ground. watch the video:
The second time he took a streaker was in the 2008 CB series game against India. The man, later identified as Robert Ogilvy, made sure he interrupted by running naked as fast as he could, and then ran into Symonds. The cricketer was on the non-striker’s end when he saw Ogilvy and gave him a forceful push that knocked him down. The whole world watched on TV and realized that Symonds was not only street smart, but a street fighter as well. Legendary commentator Richie Benaud said of the incident on Air, “Well, he could have hurt streaker Andrew Symonds a bit because he seemed to be running straight at him, and all of a sudden, he was on his back.”
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The larger than life Symonds was extremely popular not only for his stern approach towards the game but also for his easy going personality. He was widely regarded as one of the most accomplished all-rounders Australian cricket has seen and was a key member of the 50-over World Cup winning team in 2003 and 2007.
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