Andrew Flintoff popularly known as “Freddie” Flintoff is a former English professional cricketer. He was born on 6th December, 1977 in Lancashire, England to Colin Flintoff and Susan Flintoff. He has played professional cricket for the England national cricket team and for the Lancashire team in county cricket. He has also played for the Chennai Super Kings team in the Indian Premier League and for the Brisbane Heat team in the Big Bash League. Apart from playing cricket, Flintoff is also a professional boxer. He is married to Rachel Wools and has three children- a daughter (Holly) and two sons (Corey and Rocky), with his wife. He owns houses in Cheshire and Surrey.
Andrew Flintoff started his career in cricket by playing for the Lancashire schools in the under 11 and the under 15 teams. Flintoff was made the captain of the under 19 team for the tours against Pakistan and Zimbabwe. His debut in county cricket was with Lancashire in 1995. He made his international Test debut in 1998 against South Africa. His ODI debut was against Pakistan at Sharjah in 1999. He is one of the highest rated all-rounders of his time as he showed prowess in fast bowling, batting and slip fielding departments.
Andrew has been one of the most prolific cricketers England has produced, sometimes even getting compared to the great Ian Botham. However, in his entire cricket career, he has not been very consistent and has been plagued by a number of fitness issues and injuries including a deep vein thrombosis arising out of a knee surgery which ultimately forced him to retire from all forms of cricket. His inconsistent performances in the initial years led to him being dropped from the national team in 2001.
He worked hard on his bowling action and ensured his place in the team for the tour against India in 2001-2002. However, this tour proved disastrous to him due to his lack of form. From 2002 onwards, Flintoff started being consistent and his fitness levels increased. From 2003 to 2005 he played exceptionally well with both bat and ball against strong teams such as South Africa. In 2004, he was named “Cricketer of the Year” by Wisden.
One of the turning points in his career was the Ashes win against arch rivals Australia in 2005 where he was awarded the “Man of the Series” award for his prolific contribution. He was made captain of the England team in 2006. The Ashes series in 2006-2007 was one of the most humiliating series for him as England was whitewashed under his captaincy. The World Cup in 2007 did not prove any better for him. The series against India in 2007 was good for him as England won a hard fought series.
In 2009, he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings to play in the IPL and was the highest paid cricketer. A series of recurring injuries to his knee and ankle during his entire career ultimately forced him to retirementin 2009 on a high as he was part of another Ashes series win against Australia. His net worth as on 2016 is 15 million dollars.
|Birth Date:||6 Dec, 1977|
|Description:||Former English cricketer|
|Net Worth 2021:||20 million|