RIP Andrew Symonds: Streaker bump video the lasting memory of cricket career

For many Australians, the brutal shoulder ramming of a Gabba remains the enduring memory of Andrew Symonds’ career.

India was on the verge of winning a triangle one-day series in Australia, needing seven wickets at Gabba to lift the trophy.

The Aussies were in dire straits, with short-form powerhouses Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke back in the sheds on the cheap.

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Andrew Symonds strutted down the middle, joining his Queensland teammate Matthew Hayden in ninth – Australia still needed 227 more runs for an unlikely win.

But a couple of minutes later, India Seamer Sreesanth’s fifth over was interrupted by a streak that had run onto Gabba’s turf.

The naked pitch invader, later revealed to be Brisbane resident Robert Ogilvie, ran straight at Symonds at the non-forward end.

Big mistake.

Symonds took matters into his own hands, dropping his shoulder on the lightning that fell helplessly onto the deck.

“I didn’t even notice it, to be honest,” Ogilvie later told Channel 9. a current affair.

“I was more worried about people chasing me, and the next thing I knew I was upside down.”

It was a moment that cemented Symonds’ place in Australian cricket folklore: footage of the incident recorded millions of views on YouTube and social media platforms.

“It was a bit of a gloomy night here in Brisbane,” he told Fox Cricket in 2018.

“We were playing India in a final and that night Australia were making it tough and there were a couple of overweight Queensland policemen not hitting that man like they probably should have.

“So I took the law into my own hands for a brief moment there and he couldn’t move on.”

For many Australians, that shoulder burden remains the enduring memory of Symonds’ career, which featured two World Cup wins and a shutout of Ashes.

“I still get asked all the time about my bump in 2008,” Symonds told News Corp last year.

“It’s one of those that keeps coming up and people love to talk about it. It’s something I’m known for now, people say, ‘That’s the guy who took down the skimmer.’

“Field invaders may think running around the field is fun, but ultimately it’s just disrespect for the athletes.”

The streaking incident, which took place less than two months after the “Monkeygate” saga, served as a reflection of his fun-loving character and larrikin demeanor.

Despite all the off-field scandals that had marred the cricket summer of 2007/08, Symonds managed to bring a smile to the faces of his Indian rivals, who high-fived and laughed as Ogilvie was escorted off the field. .

Symonds was liked by all, and the outpouring of grief from across the cricket world today is proof of that.

Symonds was involved in a car accident Saturday night outside of Townsville. He was the only person in the car, but his two dogs survived.

In a statement, Queensland Police said the car accident occurred in the Hervey Range, when Symonds’ vehicle left the road and flipped over. The paramedics tried to save him but could not.

He is survived by his wife Laura and their young children Chloe and Billy.

Symonds was a devastating hitter who could throw at medium speed or out of spin, depending on the situation in the game.

He was a key member of the Australian ODI teams that won the World Cups in 2003 and 2007, playing 198 times in the 50+ format, scoring 5088 runs and taking 133 wickets.

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