'You owe me a drink': Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke's iconic banter
- Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricket legend, died in a car accident late on Sunday
- Symonds was regarded as one of the funniest players on and off the field
- His untimely death has shocked the entire cricket fraternity
Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricket legend, died in a car accident late on Sunday. The death of Symonds came as a huge shock to the entire world. Symonds was 46.
Symonds was regarded as one of the funniest players on and off the field and was close to many Australian cricketers, most notably former teammates right-hand batsman Mathew Hayden, and skipper Michael Clarke.
Before things went astray between them following Michael Clarke's captaincy, the two had many monumental partnerships on the field for Australia as well as a great friendship off the field.
During the 2005/06 VB Series, Australia was part of a tri-series with Sri Lanka and South Africa. Batting first in the first game of the series, Australia got off to a flying start, with Simon Katich scoring 60 runs.
Damien Martyn and Symonds continued after Katich's dismissal and scored a half-century. The duo shared a 106-run partnership before Martyn was dismissed.
Symonds lost his wicket quickly after Martyn's dismissal, a wicket that will go down in history as one of the strangest dismissals of all time. Symonds faced off-spinner Jehan Mubarak and hit one straight to Clarke stationed at the non-striker's end. The ball, however, struck Clarke and went directly to the fielder, Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Clarke was seen giggling with a smile on his face that was not brushing off. The commentator noticed the smile and said- "you've just got to have a giggle."
"You owe me a drink," Symonds said as he walked back to the pavilion.
Australia ultimately won the match after Sri Lanka could only score 202/7, and proceeded to win the tri-series finals 2-1 against the same opposition.
On Sunday, when asked if Clarke got him a drink, the heartbroken former Australian captain replied, "I certainly did."
Since the death was announced, everyone on social media has been expressing their grief.
Former left-handed batsman Adam Gilchrist paid tribute to Symonds, writing, "This really hurts, Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy."