Ex-Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds died in a car crash. After his demise, the cricket fraternity and fans paid tribute to one of the finest all-rounders to ever play the sport from Australia.


143 versus Pakistan at New Wanderers, Feb 2003

Back in 2003, Andrew Symonds played a spellbinding knock of 143 versus Pakistan in a World Cup fixture at New Wanderers. The terrific innings proved to be a watershed moment in Symond's career. Symonds was under pressure coming on the back of a poor string of performances, piling up only 69 runs in his last seven appearances. However, when Australia were reeling at 86/4, Symonds took guard and exuded remarkable calmness, that too, at the nascent stage of his career. After 34 overs, he was well-set on the crease, taking the score to 310. His swashbuckling knock was laced with 18 fours and two maximums as he took on start-studded Pakistan's pace attack comprising Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi - all helpless against Symond's onslaught.

2. 156 versus England at MCG, December 2006

Symonds etched his name in the history books in a domineering Ashes whitewash. In 2006 at the picturesque MCG, he brought up his first hundred in style with a maximum and hauled Australia out of a tricky situation. He forged a terrific stand with Matthew Hayden at a stage when they were reduced at 84/5. Symonds, oblivious to the match situation, went along his merry way and unleashed a brilliant counter-attacking approach, thumping a nimble-footed ton. He knit a 279-run stand with Hayden (153) for the sixth wicket and put Australia on track for a four-nil series ascendency.

3. 162 versus India at SCG, January 2008

In a controversy marred game, Symonds hogged the limelight with a match-winning innings. Symonds came to the porch at SCG with the scoreboard reading 134/6 as India were fighting tooth and nail to level the series and, not to mention, prevent Australia from continuing their 16 Test match winning streak. Symonds was nearly adjudged caught behind and thereon he made sure to make most of the opportunity. His stunning knock in the second Test (final of the series) helped Australia manage one of their most iconic victories.