Waqar Younis got upset, had to give up bowling
The road in 2003 was not easy for Australia, which won the 1999 World Cup. Just before the tournament, Shane Warne was dropped for failing a doping test. A few months before that, all-rounder Shane Watson was also out due to injury. Michael Bevan and Darren Lyman were also not in the team. In such a situation, the team Andrew Symonds was selected.
On 11 February 2003, the fourth match of the Cricket World Cup was between Pakistan and Australia. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the condition of the 1999 champions Australia deteriorated in the beginning. Adam Gilchrist returned to the pavilion on the score of one. He was dismissed by Wasim Akram. Pakistan had the best bowling lineup in the world at that time. Wasim Akram, Captain Waqar Younis, Speedstar Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi. These were the bowlers who had the ability to destroy any batting order in the world.
It had started that day as well. Matthew Hayden, Damien Martin and Jimmy Mehr were out after Gilchrist. Jimmy could not even open the account. After this Andrew Symonds came to bat. By then the Kangaroos were looking in trouble after losing four wickets for 86 runs. But who knew that this day belongs to a player with white cream on his lips and kinky hair.
No one expected much from Andrew Symonds, who scored just 69 runs in seven innings before this match. But what he did on that day is recorded in the pages of history for two reasons. One is his innings and the other is the removal of Waqar Younis from the bowling.
Symonds formed a good partnership with the first captain Ricky Ponting and took the team’s score to 146. There was a partnership of more than 50 runs between the two. When Ponting was out, at that time Symonds had 34 runs in 52 balls and the team’s score was 148/5. After this, he, along with the tail batsmen, not only took the team’s score to 310 runs, played a brilliant innings of 143 runs in 125 balls.
After the match was over, Symonds returned unbeaten and had 143 not out in front of his name. During this innings of 125 balls, he hit 18 fours and two sixes. Both the sixes came against the fast bowlers. There was also a six in it, after which Pakistan’s captain Waqar Younis lost his cool, after which umpire David Shepherd removed him from bowling.
The incident happened in the 49th over. Then Symonds was playing 125 runs off 116 balls. Captain Waqar comes on the bowling attack. In front was Symonds. The very first ball was a beamer. But it was outside the leg stump. The umpire declared a no ball with a warning. On the second ball, Symonds hits a flat six at long on. Waqar was furious. Single off the next ball. Brett Lee was out on the third ball. Waqar again hit the beamer on the fourth ball. This time it was directly on Symonds’ body. Symonds fell to the ground. After this, the angry umpire removed Waqar from the bowling. Waqar is the first bowler to be dropped for a beamer. In reply to 310, the entire team of Pakistan could only score 228 runs. Symonds was adjudged man of the match.
In the same World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka when the team was in trouble, Symonds once again took the lead and played a match-winning innings of 91 runs while remaining unbeaten. In this World Cup, Symonds showed amazing with both the ball and the bat and made a strong presence in the world of cricket. Australia won the World Cup by defeating Team India in the final.
How was Symonds’ career
Born on 9 June 1975 in Birmingham, England, Symonds was adopted when he was just three months old. After this his parents Ken and Barbara shifted to Australia. Symonds, who was fond of tennis and cricket as a child, started cricket by playing at the Wanderers Cricket Club. Symonds played 26 Tests, 198 ODIs and 12 T20Is for Australia. He has 1462 runs in Tests, 5088 runs in ODIs and 337 runs in T20Is.
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