Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds (Picture Credit score: Getty Photographs)

The premature demise of former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, who handed away in a automotive crash, despatched shockwaves across the cricketing world. The tragedy left the entire nation reeling from such a loss. Ricky Ponting, who was current on the funeral, and a non-public memorial service on Friday (Might 27) on the Riverway Stadium, shared incidents from his time with Symonds.

Symonds’s tragic demise was the third such incident within the final three months, with former wicketkeeper-batter Rod Marsh and bowling icon Shane Warne passing away inside 24 hours in March. Ricky Ponting was joined by Adam Gilchrist, Michael Clarke, Jimmy Maher, Allan Border, Darren Lehmann, and Ian Healy as they paid respects to ‘Roy’; as he was recognized to his friends.

Adam Gilchrist broke into tears as he was paying tribute to his former teammate and two-time World Cup winner. Gilchrist hugged the devastated spouse of the late cricketer in an try to consolation her whereas he himself couldn’t maintain again his tears.

Ricky Ponting reveals unheard annecdote involving Andrew Symond’s dedication to the Australian Workforce

The previous Australian all-rounder was recognized for his grit and toughness on the pitch. Aside from being a hard-hitting batter, Symonds was electrical within the area, particularly within the 30-yard circle, the place he would run out batters by hitting the bull’s eye on numerous events. His former captain, Ricky Ponting, shared an incident of Symond’s willpower earlier than the 2007 World Cup.

“In a one-day sequence in Australia earlier than we left for the 2007 World Cup, he tore his bicep whereas he was batting. We had the World Cup a few weeks later. Roy was making an attempt to bat with one arm. He referred to as the physio up, pulled his shirt (sleeves) and his complete bicep had principally dropped to the elbow joint. He informed the physio, “Simply push my bicep up a bit, put a tape round it and I’ll be superb!” Ponting revealed, drawing laughter from the folks current within the memorial.

“Historical past mentioned that he was the participant we knew might win us the World Cup together with his personal bat. His work ethic was all the time there. He had his ups and downs together with his health, however a number of the work he did to be part of the World Cup was unbelievable,” the previous Australia skipper added.