A two time right World cup winner Andrew Symonds is a former all rounder for the Australian men’s national cricket team. Being a right handed middle order batsman he alternates between medium pace and off-spin bowling and has conquered the game with his heteromorphic fielding skills. He is also infamous for his rash behaviour on and off the pitch due to disciplinary reasons which primarily includes alcohol and explains why since 2008 he had been bench warming despite possessing unremarkable natural talent.
Symonds was born on 9th June 1975 in England to parents, one of whom had the West Indian background and the other believed to of Swedish or Danish descent. Just three months old Andrew moved to Australia with adoptive parents and English school teachers by profession, Ken and Barbara. By the time Andrew was four, Ken who was “cricket mad” according to his son had realised the kid had talent unfitting his age.
Soon, Ken would drive Andrew a 270 km round trip every Saturday to Townsville where he started playing club cricket. In 1994, Symonds made his First-Class debut in Australia in 1994 and the following year in England for Gloucestershire scored a record 254 not out with 16 smashing sixes, which remained an unbeatable record in a First-Class innings for 20 years only to be broken by Colin Munrow of New Zealand in March 2015 with 23 sixes.
With a resemblance to basketball player Leroy Loggins Symonds got the nickname “Roy” which stuck through the rest of his international career. Andrew was married to Brooke Symonds for a year but the marriage did not work out and they called it ‘the end’. However, it was rumoured the Andrew is dating the gorgeous Minisha Lamba, an Indian actress. In 2012 he and his partner Laura welcomed their first baby Chloe Symonds. Now he is having the best time of his life with his daughter who is nothing less than a little angel to him.
The unmatched cricketer was a cricket fanatic since his childhood days. Andrew was a student at All Saints Anglican School in Merriment where his parents part of the faculty. Andrew being a scholarship holder graduated from the AIS Australian Cricket Academy in 1994.
Andrew Symonds Net Worth
Andrew has had one of the most promising Test careers and would have been among the highest paid Australian cricketers if controversy could quit dating him. If you consult the sources available in the internet, many estimates are given about the net worth of Andrew Symonds.
His net worth is around $10.5 million US Dollars as of 2017. Interesting, isn’t? He was the highest paid foreigner in the 2008 IPL auction and the second most expensive player in that season. From 2008 to 2011 he bagged IPL contracts worth a total of $4 million US Dollars.
The popular face in the history of cricket is no doubt blessed with immense wealth. As of now, Andrew Symonds owns a Toyota Land Cruiser and in an interview, at “The Bulletin” he said his dream car would be “A Toyota Land Cruiser ute with all the bells and whistles”. His Townsville investment property in Kirwan which he bought around 2010 for a whopping $700,000 has been sold off by the former sports star at $680,000. Indeed too much wealth to handle.
Being scorned by fortune several times and having his name permanently etched in the golden books of controversy Andrew had to quit his cricket career long before he could offer the sport his all. But in 2015 he entered elite coaching with Queensland at National Under – 19 championships. He now works as a major analyst and commentator for prime sports networks including Channel 10. He is also well known for the film and television industry landing roles in the Bollywood movie “Patiala House”, and television series such as “Celebrity Splash”, “Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground” and the Indian reality TV show “Big Boss”.
After multiple cases of alcohol abuses and calling Brendon McCullum “a lump of sh**” Andrew signed a contract with Cricket Australia which prevented him from drinking in public. But ahead of the tournament, he drank with teammates in public while watching a Rugby game which marked the end of his controversial cricketing career.
Along with the Australian national men’s cricket team Andrew Symonds has played for numerous domestic teams which include Queensland, Kent, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians and has proved himself to be an asset for these franchises.During his career he was the second highest impact ODI batsman in the world above Sachin Tendulkar, Matthew Hayden and Kevin Pieterson
After the Monkeygate incident with Harbhajan Singh and disputes with Michael Clarke Symonds sparked some new controversy recently on the commentator box at Channel 10 where he made some shocking revelations about Adam Gilchrist.
Recently he also had some doubts about joining the Masters Champions League where retired cricket players would be competing, but finally, decide to join Capricorn Commanders with Paul Collingwood as the team captain and proved to be a great asset to the team.Recently though due to the scandalous nature of the championship and FICA’s repeated warnings over payment dues to the players, the League seems to be in quite a pickle.
Being chaos and controversy’s favourite child Symonds has fought quite a battle with the media and almost divided the Indian and Australian factions during the monkeygate incident. But retirement has brought composure and reformed the wild talented brute. Recently, when asked about his shaved head and how everyone missed his dreadlocks Andrew revealed he had donated them to charity to support leukaemia patients.
A support coming from an international cricketer like him inspired the common populace to step forward and show their support. Mistakes were done, reflected upon and rectified through his roller coaster of a career and we hope it’s only uphill for Symonds from here on. Andrew Symonds will be forever etched in the pages of history as he has given a lot to the cricket community and the diehard fans of cricket.