‘Lost My Closest Man’ Netizens Mock Chahal’s Tribute For Andrew Symonds

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The whole cricket fraternity was in utter shock by the tragic demise of the former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds. The world is paying its tributes to the flamboyant all-rounder. The 46-year-old cricketer lost his life following a car crash on Saturday night.

Ricky Ponting, the former Australian cricketer, and the cricket coach also wrote a few words about Andrew Symonds on Twitter,

During the 2011 edition of the Indian Premier League, the Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was Symond’s teammate at Mumbai Indians. It was Andrew Symond’s last IPL season.

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Symonds’ demise was a huge shock for Chahal who is now playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Chahal paid an emotional tribute to his former IPL teammate, whom he fondly referred to as “My Symonds uncle”.

Chahal tweeted,

“I have lost my closest man. Will miss you terribly. You were just not a colleague. My family, my man. My Symonds uncle. I will miss you terribly. RIP,”

When they both were part of the Mumbai Indians squad, the 31-year-old leggie had shared the dressing room with the Australia all-rounder in 2011. Chahal was just starting his career and it was his debut season, where all he did was warm the bench.

Meanwhile, Chahal had to face some mockery instead of consolation from the public. People reminded him of the incident where Yuzvendra revealed in an interview to his current IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals that the players James Franklin and Andrew Symonds gagged him, tied his limbs, and left him in that state after getting drunk after the 2011 Champions League triumph.

“It was in 2011 after winning champions League in a Chennai hotel. He [Andrew Symonds] had drunk a lot of ‘fruit juice’ (laughs). I was with him, only. James Franklin and he tied my hands and legs, and said ‘now you have to open’. They were in so much masti they have taped my mouth and forgot all about me. The party got over and in the morning. When a cleaner came, he saw me and freed me. They asked from when have I been here like this and I told them, ‘From the night itself’.”

Check out how netizens reacted negatively to Yuzvendra’s tweet on Symonds:

Some fans who knew about the closeness of Chahal and Symonds offered their sympathies to the RR spinner.

If you want to understand how close the two cricketers were to each other. You should hear what he said about the 2009 IPL winner during this episode of Breakfast with champions. 

It’s inhuman to show hatred toward a person who is not here with us anymore, if one can’t offer condolences, then one shouldn’t mock others who do.