Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist bursts into tears at the funeral of former teammate and great friend Andrew Simmonds after he died earlier this month
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Adam Gilchrist crashed in tears at the funeral of the deceased Andrew Simmonds. Former station wagon tragically died at the age of 46 after he was involved in a car accident.
Gilchrist attended a private funeral at Riverway Stadium on the outskirts of Townsville, in the north Queensland along with former Aussie skipper Michael Clark. Told one of the greatest goalkeepers in cricket Daily Mail Australia that the eulogy was one of the most touching he had ever heard.
“Jimmy Meher gave what I consider to be one of the most beautiful eulogies you could imagine,” the emotional Gilchrist said. “He looked the kids in the eye and passed on a message that he thought Roy would like him to say, and it was very touching, very touching.”
He was depicted sobbing, embracing Simonds’ wife, who was left with two children. His former captain Ricky Ponting, who was also present, recalled a moment when “Roy,” nicknamed Simmonds, injured his hand during the game.
“He had a problem with the lure, and he raised his sleeve and his biceps fell around his elbow,” Ponting said. “We said what are you doing? And he said, “No, just push it back.”
Ponting and his teammates tried, but failed to bring Simonds off the field, he had such a desire and determination. Matthew Mott, a senior coach and former first-class cricketer, told the Daily Mail Australia at a post-funeral conference that everyone was “afraid of the day”.
“But I just thought it was an outstanding tribute to a great man,” he said. “It was hard – I was in sight with the kids and I was just thinking about how he didn’t see them grow. He loved them very much and they meant so much to him.
“It seems to me that I choose from this the number of fishing trips that I discarded because we were all too busy and you would just like this opportunity to go back there and do it again with him. To me, he was like a brother. One of those guys you take for granted and think they’ll always be around. It could be said that many people were injured there today. “
The tough middle-class batsman has played 26 tests and 198 ODIs for his country. He won the first of two of his test centuries during the ashes test on Boxing Day in 2006 and played a key role in his team’s two victories at the ODI World Championships in 2003 and 2007. The fatal car crash happened just 50 miles from his home in Townsville. Police then confirmed: “Emergency services tried to resuscitate the 46-year-old driver and the only passenger, but he died of his injuries.”