Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh, involved in one of the biggest fights on the pitch between the Australian and Indian cricket boards, paid tribute to legendary all-rounder Andrew Symonds on Sunday. Symonds died in a car accident in Queensland on Saturday. The player took to Twitter to pay tribute to the 46-year-old former Australian all-rounder, saying the cricketing great had gone too soon.

Harbhajan tweeted: “Shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Andrew Symonds. Gone too soon. My condolences to family and friends.”

The all-rounder played 26 Tests for Australia, scoring 1,462 runs at an average of 40.61 and taking 24 wickets with his average spin and pace. During the second Test of the series between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2008, Symonds scored an unbeaten 162 in the first innings to help the hosts win by 122 runs.

However, this test later became mired in controversy over the ‘Monkeygate Affair’. Symonds accused Harbhajan of calling him a “monkey”, causing a dispute between the two parties. Harbhajan was suspended for three matches. After which India threatened to cancel the tour.

Symonds later filed a complaint that Harbhajan had racially harassed her. The matter was passed to match referee Mike Proctor, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) lodged a protest over their player’s suspension. However, the accusation of racism in Harbhajan could not be proven later and the ban on all three tests was lifted.

Symonds scored six centuries and 30 half centuries in 198 ODIs. He also took 133 wickets with average pace and spin from him. At the 2003 World Cup, Symonds started with his best innings, batting an unbeaten 143 against Pakistan in Johannesburg early in the tournament, helping Australia to remain undefeated. At the same World Cup, Australia defeated India in the one-sided final. This right-handed player was also a part of the World Cup victorious at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. or he did. Symonds played 14 T20Is for Australia, scoring 337 runs and taking eight wickets.

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