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Symonds retires from all cricket

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February 16, 2012

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Andrew Symonds watches the ball go to the off side, Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Mumbai, May 2, 2011
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Andrew Symonds, the former Australia allrounder, has announced his retirement from professional cricket, citing family reasons. He hasn't played for Australia since being sent home from the World Twenty20 in England three years ago, but has turned out for several domestic sides in limited-overs cricket.

His only current contract was with the Mumbai Indians, but he will not be participating in this year's IPL. "Effective immediately, I am retiring from all forms of professional cricket," Symonds said. "It is with regret that I will not be able to fulfill my final year of the IPL with the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians and the IPL have both been very supportive of me, but the impending arrival of my first child is a priority."

Symonds, 36, had cut ties with his home side Queensland before the 2010-11 Big Bash, and has only played for Mumbai since. He was snapped up for $850,000 at the IPL auction last year, but he had an indifferent time with Mumbai. Symonds failed to make a half-century in either the IPL or the Champions League T20 in 2011, and struggled to hold down a permanent spot in the line-up.

Mumbai thanked Symonds for his performance in 2011. "Andrew Symonds was an integral part of Mumbai Indians in season four as well as our Champions League-winning team," a team spokesman said. "He was a great team player and the youngsters always looked up to him for guidance."

A two-time World Cup winner, Symonds was an acknowledged master of limited-overs cricket. A combination of big-hitting, tigerish fielding and an ability to bowl either spin or medium-pace made him an indispensable part of the Australia side for much of the 2000s. Picked on his undoubted but as yet unfulfilled promise for the 2003 World Cup, Symonds crashed a match-shaping century against Pakistan, hours after the team had been stunned by Shane Warne's withdrawal due to a drugs offence.

He remained integral to the ODI team thereafter, though given to occasional bouts of indiscipline. Symonds was dropped from the team in England in 2005 when he turned up for an ODI against Bangladesh in Cardiff while still under the influence of alcohol. The issue of drinking would re-emerge in 2008.

At the time it seemed Symonds had belatedly transferred his ODI influence form to Test matches, but he became embroiled in the biggest controversy of his career after alleging that India offspinner Harbhajan Singh racially abused him in the Sydney Test in 2008.

The fall-out from the episode, which had Harbhajan's original ban reduced to a fine after Cricket Australia cut a side-deal with an indignant Indian board in order to save the tour, caused Symonds to become disillusioned and increasingly wayward in his lifestyle, both with and away from the national team.

His international career was hit by more trouble later that year, when he missed a compulsory team meeting to go on a fishing trip ahead of a one-day series against Bangladesh. He was left out for the India tour which followed, as well as the visit to South Africa soon after.

Symonds was given a chance to prove himself once more at the World Twenty20 in 2009, but an alcohol-related issue prior to the tournament brought his Australia days to an end.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

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Posted by   on (February 19, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Goodbye Symonds. Thanks for all the memories. What a superb batsman you were. Fearless like Gayle.

Posted by WindiesCity on (February 18, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Sad indeed. He is a great athlete.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

though as indians we have a very experience of him with the bhajji incident but on his day he was just the best in the world excellent batsman clever bolwer(not many can bowl medium pace and spin) and an awesome feilder i dont think we(MI) will miss him more this season but i think he player a big role not as a player but as a mentor or a senior experienced player helping bhajji yes bhajji live a happy and safe life ahead symoo

Posted by   on (February 18, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

farewell symonds perhaps u can have a farewell match in ipl

Posted by   on (February 18, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

All the best Symonds is one of the greatest hitters of the cricket ball as a srilankan he always feared me when he came to bat!! Best Regards Symonds u are great all rounder Farewell!!!!

Posted by susie2112 on (February 18, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

All the best to Andrew Symonds in this new venture in his life. Congratulations to you and your partner for the birth of your child. May all be well for you and your family and life continue to give you what you wish for.

Posted by world.cricketer on (February 18, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

Truely great player...............Hope he returns to Mumbai Indians because he is 36 now and can play IPL 2 to 3 years even after taking 1 year rest.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

farewell symonds we will all miss you

Posted by   on (February 17, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

a TRUE LEGEND!!! thanks are an Electric on the Field!! the Power House!!! really we miss you in Most Times!!

Posted by johntycodes on (February 17, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Symonds was the true all rounder. Great fielder, an athlete who could bowl spin or medium as well as being a brute of a batsmen. Certainly in the top 3 in our team when winning those world cups.

Posted by Clyde on (February 17, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Watching Roy, you knew you were seeing the game played to the full and openly. He put cricket on display more than anyone I have seen.

Posted by alonetiger on (February 17, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

A v sad day in the cricket world.he was a great talent he could play more infact he was the beauty of australian cricket and if some one talks abt scandels ,i think every good playeris having any sort of scandle,so we should not forget his unique talent.ROY was great in all three department of th egame,batting,bowling and fielding..and his fearless approach towards the wicket and staying always attacking on opposition will b always in great memories now.good luck andrew..u were a great great star in cricket....

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 17, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

One of the best cricketers i have seen.. None can match his commitment on the field and passion while batting/bowling.. But unfortunately, he was removed from the team for not having both of the things.. Good life ahead Symo.. Thanks for all the great cricket you provided..

Posted by sam_m on (February 17, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

Thank you for the memories, Symonds... especially the one where you smashed that streaker at the Gabba.

Posted by Scgboy on (February 17, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

I always feel somewhat bittersweet when i think about Roy and his career .There is a part of me , which cherishes his and appreciated his out amazing achievements, yet at the same time ,i feel saddened at a loss (for whatever reason)of his chance to achieve his full potential.There is just something bit sad about it , someone who clearly had the skills but for whatever reason just didn't reach the heights he should have,which makes it even more sad.

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (February 17, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

Best ever Englishman to play for Australia.

Posted by silly_mid_on on (February 17, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

Please don't retire Andrew. Having not played for Australia for 4 years, you are now eligible to play for England or the West Indies. Maybe even captain West Indies! 36 is too young. Cricketers are retiring too young, such as Hayden Gilchrist and Warne.

Posted by rienzied on (February 17, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Solid player sadly who sadly didnt get along with pup, and that includes Katich. Hope and wish him all the best

Posted by pie314 on (February 17, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

A great all round cricketer. His stats don't truly reflect how valuable player he is to a ODI team. There needs to be another column noting how many runs he has saved Australia on the field. He turned what normally would be 2/3/4s into singles/dot balls and what normally would be close singles into runouts.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Symonds made his ODI debut against Pakistan where he bowled 2 overs for 14 runs without wicket. His last ODI was also against Pakistan where again his bowling figures were 2 overs for 14 runs without wicket. Best of luck Szmonds for your future endeavours.

Posted by Nerk on (February 16, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Symmo took a while to get going. I remember his early days for Australia, always a good fielder but his batting and bowling left much to be desired. Just snuck into the 2003 WC squad, and lucky for Aus that he did. THAT century against Pakistan was a masterpeice, one of the greatest ODI innings of all time. His career took off from there. Despite some discipline problems, Symmo was popular with the fans, a great cricketer and sad to see him leave. Good luck for the future, Mr. Symonds.

Posted by smudgeon on (February 16, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

The only dude I can think of who played cricket like a rugby forward. Absolutely brutal when he was in form, but his confidence was pretty fragile. I think like most people, though, I was surprised he was still playing at all! Good luck to him in his future endeavours...

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

Kids come first, Symonds has got his priorities, lets respect him for that. All the best Roy. Not my favourate cricketer, but his fielding exploits were particularly amazing

Posted by Busie1979 on (February 16, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

One of the best guys to watch with the bat and in the field. Amazing talent. I don't quite agree with the all rounder's tag - he was only a handy part time bowler, but wow could he bat and field.

Posted by WilliamFranklin on (February 16, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

Good luck to English born Symonds!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

Symmo, no matter what, you would still be loved :)....

Still hoping you come back and play again. No matter what people say, it willalways be a delight , watching you on the cricket pitch !!...

@Pradeep Reddyp-- i agree with that. Someone like Symmo in any form of the game is a BIG Asset to his team.

Posted by Love_Crickeet on (February 16, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

Dear Symmo, Your career was closely followed by me & I am ashamed of Cricket Australia for treating you so badly. Your every innings/presence on the field was greatly appreciated by me. in fact, if I meet you-??? I will want to just say -- Good onya Mate & shout you a full day of drink of your choice, this time Cricket Australia/Micheal Clarke cannot dare sack you. You lived a wonderful life promoting the sport I loved & cherished, May God bless you with a lovely life after Cricket.

Posted by Vilander on (February 16, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Amazing cricketer Symo, He and Hayden most memorable Australian batting pairs for me. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

he should play for the next two years...Jaysuriya is still there .. why no Symond then

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

An amazing hitter, he should have done well at Test level had he behaved a bit better in his life outside the cricket field..... Nevertheless, cricket would be poorer without him...

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

The BEST all-round cricketer we will ever see. He could turn a game around with the bat, coming in early and rotating the strike and staying till the end, or coming near the end and whack the ball to all parts of the ground. He could build good pressure and effect awesome run-outs with some absolutely brilliant fielding at point. Finally, he bowled some very tidy off-spin/medium pace, both of which were useful in any conditions! Terribly sad to see him retire, and so sad that I'll never see him playing again! Will have to get the highlights out and start reliving the great moments!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

One of the chief architect of the all conquering aussie team. Salute to one of my personal favourite player.

Symmo !! you were just awesome and all the best for your future away from cricket.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (February 16, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Oh That 143 That one innings itself is enough for you.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

I Like this player. One of the current best allrounder.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

I personally saw a raw and exuberant Symo in 1993, where he smashed the ball all parts of the ground scoring 150+ in about 80 odd balls, that some was real feast to youngsters......miss you "ROY"

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

I salute u roy.,,good luck to u.,.and u r family.,.ONE MAN ARMY,.,

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 16, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

champion is all can describe him. good on ya roy. legend.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

He have great dedication while playing match this kind of quality i never watched an any other an indian cricketers. With out allrounder (like ROY )they played.That's Australia lost world cup 2011 against in india. CA never ever fulfill your place. thanks for entertaing us and Wish u all the best for your future and i like your authletic perfomence.

Posted by Romenevans on (February 16, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Good luck for future symo. Loved your attitude on the field. You'll be missed.

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (February 16, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Yes, a wonderful one day cricketer, up there with the best of Australia's one day cricketers of the past. Like Micheal Bevan and Dean Jones. What Dean Jones was for Australia in the 1980s, Micheal Bevan in the 1990s. Andrew Symonds was for Australia in the 2000s. Also, he was one of the few colored players ever to play for Australia. A result of his Mixed white and afro-caribbean background. Another talented cricketer retires.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

He was one of the greatest Entertainer of the game... his retierement is disappointing..

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

a great cricketer symmo u rock mann !! was great seeing ur heroics with both bat and ball for deccan chargers in ipl .dc luvs u mann ur a legend !!

its not symmonds loss its australia's loss !! a complete team mann and a great athelete and a very aggressive hitter and an economical bowler wht else u want frm him ??

i first noticed this guy in aiwa cup in 1999 or 2000 i guess since then he grew in leaps and bounds and became a great asset for australia .

all d best for ur future symmo :-] [die hard dc fan]

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Great allrounder of 2000s. I still count his 143 best knock of world cups. Good bye symoo!

Posted by TheMeanMachine on (February 16, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Andrew Symonds is a perfect case of a wasted talent. I still remember the news when he turned down an offer to play for the England national team while he still had to make his debut for Australia. The confidence, that swagger and that versatility all gone to waste.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Symo...What an Excellent player he was...going to miss him soo much in this ipl season...i wish him good luck for his future ..

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (February 16, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

A very dangerous player in ODI format...somebody who opposition would fear. A livewire on the field and somebody who hated losing. All the best, Andrew Symonds!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Good luck Roy, its sad that the fans wouldn't be watching you play cricket anymore..

Posted by Sano27 on (February 16, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

obviously one of the best all rounder in the cricket history.....

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (February 16, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

I always loved to watch him play - it really was a shame that he didnt go as he really could have done so much more with his career. I wish him will with his next innings as a dad.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Cricket world will miss the Big boy

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Thank you for entertaining us Sir... Good luck...

Posted by keptalittlelow on (February 16, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Andrew Symonds was a terror on the cricket field. He was simply awesome on his day and no one could rein him. Happy retirement Andrew..

Posted by prakash5455 on (February 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Good Luck Symmo! You have been a good cricketing all rounder!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

He had the option of turning up either for England or Australia, but I,m glad that he did turn op for Australia coz his natural flair came to fore.

Posted by CapeTownSummer on (February 16, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

roy and herschelle must have partied up a storm when they were with the deccan chargers "Go chargers, go chargers, go chargers, gooooo!"

Posted by Arun14 on (February 16, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Symonds was probably the most feared batsman since Viv Richards in Limited Overs cricket and like Viv a great fielder as well. Too bad that his success in ODIs didn't translate into more success in other formats. I believed he had good reason to be disillusioned with the way CA treated him during and after the Harbhajan controversy. But I found it ironic that he joined hands with two other protagonists from that controversy to play for MI last season. If the lure of money could make him play alongside his most hated rival then maybe he should have forgiven CA and moved on. He could have salvaged his career with Australia. Troubled genius !!

Posted by BellCurve on (February 16, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Symonds is 36 and he has retired. Dravid is 39 and he is still playing. Tendulkar will be 39 in April. He is still playing too.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Andrew Symonds is, quite simply, the best all-round cricketer in the world ...

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

My favorite cricketer. Roy and I both lament the loss of the place of the character in professional cricket. They are so much more fun to follow. Best of luck in your post-cricket career! May the fish always be biting.

Posted by indianzen on (February 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

As a cricketer, I like his talent to get down on any number and score runs and take wickets...

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Dis is disappointing Now another powerful, agressive, cricketer has retired

Posted by Naren on (February 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Symmo was a terrific player. I really feel sad that he was made scapegoat in the Sydney episode. Cricket Australia is more to blame for his handling, but BCCI killed a terrific player with their influence.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Symo Roy He is the lucky mascot for all the teams were he played wen he is playing for Austrlia they won hands down after his omition from the team they strugled, in IPL also Charges won IPL titel, MI Won CLT20, Slogan For Symo "he got what ever he want"

Posted by Agnihothra on (February 16, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

the most gifted cricketer.. undoubtedly he underachieved..........

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

i think symonds was too early to take this decision

Posted by lugujaga on (February 16, 2012, 13:31 GMT)


Posted by class9ryan on (February 16, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

SYMONDS a true legend without records !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was a real character in d cricketing history. A Perfect Shorter Version player-dynamic with d bat, agile in d field and a Perfect team man. I think Cricket Australia should b grateful 2 him for his services for being a player who has being a part of World Cup winning team twice. FAREWELL Andrew Symonds.urf ROY.......................

Posted by Simoc on (February 16, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Good he's finally retired. Was a great player who didn't always play great. Took a long time to get going and stopped quickly. That's human nature. No doubt he was as capable as anyone in the game. Now it's fishing time.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

One hell of a fighter in cricket fields !! Pugnacious ability to turn matches on its head with batting & awe inspiring fielding. Good luck Symmo for your future.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

The best athlete to have ever played the game! IMO. Wishing him all the best for his future.

Posted by itsTIME4ELImination on (February 16, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Suxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx! Sad. :(

Posted by dsig3 on (February 16, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

@RoJayao I agree with the boxing day hundred. I was there and will never forget it. Roy always worked hard and was committed, CA let him down badly. Will never forgive Sutherland and his kowtowing to India. A unique player who was refreshingly honest and one of the greatest ODI performers of all time.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

what a cricketer he had... but his controversial harbhajan matter and goas alcoholic...all throug...he ended his cricketing symonds we loves you...make your ahed life brighter all the way....

Posted by KAIRAVA on (February 16, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

The 2008 controversy down under destroyed the international careers of both symonds and harbhajan. Its aftermath has seen Symonds being left out of the Aussie team and bhajji's bowling taking a major beating resulting in his ouster from the indian team

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Good bye Symonds, better luck for future :)

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

truly he was a superb batsmen and an excellent fielder........but he ruined his carrier, he must have played for australia upto now.............

Posted by spinkingKK on (February 16, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

I beleive he was very very good and should have been the Australian captain by now. However, the fate(if it exists) played and he couldn't do what he should have done. Only thing which I didn't like with him was when he hit down a naked streaker in the field. I don't know what he had against an harmless streaker.

Posted by satanswish on (February 16, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Symmo was one of the best allrounders this game ever saw. One of the chief contributing factor of Steve Waugh's Invincible Army. Mumbai Indians will miss this legendary cricketer for sure. All the very best to Symmo & his family for the future. We will all miss you, Symmo.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

He is one of the best odi middle order players of this era. he is made for ODI, excellent Average with a good strike rate. He runs between the wickets well, good part time bowler and an exceptional fielder. Hats off to his cricket skills, if he had been a bit more disciplined then he would have reached greater heights.

I wish him well for his first child.

Posted by WillPash on (February 16, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Great talent. Warts and all. Underutilised his skills, but produced great cricket in his time. I will miss Symonds. I hope he has a happy time in this new phase of his life; as his family are there, he will need them as much as they need him. Now he can concentrate on beating off his demons, retiring ex-sportsmen face an age of uncertainty which leads to depression. One thing, after reading his life history, he has been through a lot and I respect and admire him by the way he keeps strong in face of testing times. Maybe the pressures of playing international cricket and being around personalities he was naturally going to clash with might have lead him to drink. Now that is gone, he can move on to a fresh clean slate. All the Best Symo

Posted by TheMysteryMan on (February 16, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Partially wasted cricketing talent. Wish him well for future.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

A complete player as package - hard hitting batsman, spinner medium pacer and an excellent fielder. I hope you turn out to be a good father. I wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Mark my word, he will "unretire" himself in the next year or so, when he realises that cricket is probably his only source of a decent income. I can see him playing the BB next year.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Sad to hear the news. He still deserves to be in the playing 11. Shameful day for Oz cricket as their most talented allrounder is forced to quit. Fishing case wasnt that huge that one never given any single chance to play again. More scandalous players like shane warne,ponting,mark waugh were given full due chance...but in case of Andrew Symonds, nothing.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Welcome to family life. Congrats! I am sure you would have learned from your experiences and will one day use this in some form in the cricket fraternity. Passion does not just go away like that. Thanks and so long!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Goodbye Symmo, we will miss you and all the best for your future.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

yea the best fielder after Jonty

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

the time has come for the legends to reitre :( symond was great. when sachin retires il be heart broken for a week

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

one of the toughest cricketer.... my best wishes.....

Posted by Muzgrob on (February 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Average player, average career... Average end. It's sad he couldn't achieve more but he held himself back with his off field antics and will be remembered the wrong way because of them. Good luck to him in his future endeavours.

Posted by aRahmanS29 on (February 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

one of the BOSS all-rounder of all time!

Posted by InfazM on (February 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Symoonds, you were an integral part of the Australia dominance in one-day cricket from 2003 to 2008. After that innings with pakistan in the 2003 world cup you turned to be wonderful cricketer. Amazing how one small experience like that can transform a cricketer. You showed that any cricketer at any stage in his cricketing career could turn out a fanstastic cricketer like you.

You were one of my favourite cricketers. A Amazing big-hitting batsman and a great fielder. Its sad that you didnt play long for Australia. If you had, probably, they would have won the 2011 world cup too.

Many people forget how great you were for the Australia team.

All the best for the future!!

Thank you for all the great displays of cricketing performances.

Posted by joseyesu on (February 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

What a PLAYER...completely mishandled like GAYLE. TORMENTOR against India. A reason for Aus, not able to win in WC2011.

Posted by kesaraca on (February 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Another cricketer who suffered from board politics. I pray that the Chris Gayle will not end up like this. Board members are not players in lots of countries. They are merely administrators. They do not know about cricket other than earning money.

Posted by nurav_95 on (February 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

One of the best All rounder , that australia produced . All the best for his future.We miss him

Posted by rahulcricindia on (February 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

ohh tats sad...wud have liked to see some more of him....

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

All the best for life after cricket Symmo,you will be remembered by all your fans dearly,you were a true all round legend.

Posted by GASyed on (February 16, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Indeed its quite a sad news. I am also a fan of him and truely his talent was not best utilized due to many reasons mainly his non-serious attitude. But I still love to watch him playing. Wish him best of luck

Posted by Witty_Cricketer on (February 16, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

It is so sad to see a such a talented player not fulfill his potential. I think "monkeygate" simply broke him, and he did not get the support from Cricket Australia and some of his mates. Having said that I think he didn't love cricket as much as fishing I guess.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Thanks for the great cricket... :)

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 16, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Anyway on second thoughts once he is bound by the contract can he just pull out ? I think he will need the permission of MI, otherwise they can sue him for damages.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 16, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

What-ever. who cares ? In any case he was a failure in last years edition of IPL. Anyway, if it is good for him then Good Luck to him for entering a new phase of life. But He should have done this much earlier.

Posted by Rawlonski on (February 16, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Here's hoping that a kid will be a good thing for him and that we get to see a lot more of him in the commentary box...

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Miss u boss Any way we miss u and bajji combination again

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

THE BEST CRICKETER of our age................. undoubtedly! Cricketing entertainment and rutlessness began and ended on this man. All the best for whatever he plans for the future.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

One of my favourite cricter.... he is one of the best hitter i have seen, Best of Luck Andrew Symonds

Posted by Mandyyboii_says on (February 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

the most unpredictable player ever, on and off the field

Posted by kimian on (February 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Great player !!!! Australia could have given him a second chance,they are still struggling to fill his part....In IPL MI wont miss Symo because they have got replacements already.....Nevertheless Great Player !!!!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Wish he cudve stayed at DC. We needed him more than Mumbai Indians who already have a star cast consisting of many other International players! Farewell Symmo!

Posted by RoJayao on (February 16, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

So long, thanks for the memories. Your Boxing Day hundred will live long in the memory. Pity you couldn't match your talent with equal commitment and hard work though.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Oh... Thats Quite Sad.....

But Some Relief For Bhajji At least

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (February 16, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

he is one of those players whose potential was not utilized properly

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Century against Pakistan in 2003 world cup, was a magical performance, Australia were 147/5 and he took them over 300. That was also his first century

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 16, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Having children will be good for him. I think it will mellow him out a bit. I wish him well.

Posted by Nishant2012 on (February 16, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

ohh no... dats quite sad :(

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

will miss him. such a good cricketer

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

In his day he was one of the most destructive batsmen in history of cricket...Greatest fielder of all time by a huge margin.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

I used to admire Symmonds the way he plays when at full flow...amazing wishes for life beyond Cricket Simmo...

Posted by mehde on (February 16, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Symonds is The Great loss To Mumbai Indian but They Got PLace to Play H GIBBS

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