Andrew Symonds scored 5088 runs in 198 ODI's for Australia © Getty Images
Andrew Symonds scored 5,088 runs in 198 ODIs for Australia © Getty Images

Born on June 9, 1975, Andrew Symonds turns 41 today. Arguably one of the strongest looking cricketers of his time, Symonds was known for his all-round abilities that he displayed for Australia. His nickname was ‘Roy’. His knack of getting into controversies often landed him in trouble quite a few times in his career. Symonds made his One-Day International (ODI) debut against Pakistan at Lahore in November 1998. He went on to play 198 ODI’s for Australia. Symonds had a rather short Test career. He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle in March 2004. He played his last Test in 2008 against South Africa at Melbourne. ALSO READ: Andrew Symonds: Controversy’s favourite child

Symonds, was known to be a big-hitter, someone who had a lot of power in his arms and shoulders. He was a terrific fielder and could fill-in the role of a medium bowler as well. Symonds had 5,088 runs in ODIs at an average of 39.75 after he retired. His ODI record consists of 6 hundreds and 30 fifties. In Tests, Symonds aggregate, was 1,462 runs at an average of 40.61 in 26 matches.

Symonds is known for his involvement in the Monkeygate scandal, which happened during the Australia versus India, Sydney Test in 2008. His ugly exchange of words with Harbhajan Singh had created a huge controversy as dark clouds loomed over the further continuation of the series. Later in their career though, both the players played for the same IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Symonds though has also played for Deccan Chargers in the IPL. He has played English County cricket for teams like Gloucestershire, Kent and Lancashire.