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NEW DELHI: The sudden death of Andrew Symonds sparked a flurry of emotional tributes in the cricket world with many players past and present, including his Australian team-mates and international stars, expressing their shock and disbelief at the tragic news.
From former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist and pacesetter Jason Gillespie to India’s Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar, tributes have poured in for the flamboyant all-rounder, who was killed in a car crash in Queensland on Saturday night.

Symonds, fondly known as ‘Roy’, was 46 and leaves behind his wife and two young children.
“Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy,” Gilchrist, who was part of the 2003 World Cup team, wrote on his Twitter handle.
“This really hurts.”

Gillespie, who also played alongside Symonds, tweeted: “Terrible news to wake up to. Devastated. We’re all going to miss you mate.”

Michael Bevan, another member of Australia’s 2003 World Cup squad, wrote: “Heartbreaking. Aussie cricket loses another hero. Stunned. 2003 World Cup co-team members. Amazing talent. RIP SIMMO.”

Former Australian pacemaker Damen Fleming was also struck by the tragic news.
“This is so devastating. Roy was so fun to be around. This is so devastating. Roy was so fun to be around. Our thoughts are with Symond’s family #RIPRoy,” Fleming wrote.

Former Australian coach and cricketer Darren Lehmann also took to Twitter to express his grief.
“Take care of yourself up there great man, I loved him so much and our thoughts are with the family at this time. Hug your loved ones xx #RIPRoy,” Lehmann said.

Symonds, an offensive batter, who could bowl at medium pace as well as spin, and an outstanding outfield player, played in 26 Tests, 198 ODIs and 14 T20Is between 1998 and 2009 in a successful career.
He helped Australia win the ODI World Cups in 2003 and 2007 and was a key member of the Australian Test side in the 2000s.
Indian cricketers including Harbhajan, Tendulkar and VVS Laxman also paid their respects.
“Shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Andrew Symonds. Gone too soon. Sincere condolences to family and friends. Prayer for the departed soul,” wrote Harbhajan, who was part of the infamous 2008 Sydney Test.

Tendulkar expressed his condolences, writing: “The passing of Andrew Symond is shocking news for all of us to come to terms with. He was not only a brilliant all-rounder, but also a living thread on the pitch. I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians. May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family and friends.”

Former India batter Laxman wrote: “Shocking news to wake up to here in India. Rest in peace my dear friend. What tragic news.”

Spider legend Anil Kumble offered his condolences to the family.
“Tragic news to hear that Andrew Symonds has passed away. Condolences to his family, friends and well-wishers.”

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar wrote: “Devastated to hear that Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident in Australia. We shared a wonderful relationship on and off the pitch. Thoughts and prayers with the family.”

“Sad and shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Andrew Symonds. A legend of the sport, gone too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” Afghan spinner Rashid Khan tweeted.

Cricket Australia has now lost three prominent figures in the past two months. Spider legend Shane Warne and former wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh had died within hours of each other in March.

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