London: It has been quite a while since a cricketer has been seen transferring focus from his mastered game to the other sport. But Englandâ€™s Andrew Flintoff nicknamed Freddie Flintoff has done just the same defying his instincts from the game he used to play.
Andrew Flintoff has now turned a boxer.
Earlier, he used to drive those heavy punches through the ground and the ball racing to the fence setting the grass afire. But now he is delivering heavy blows on the face of the opponentâ€™s inside a 5 meter square ring.
Andrew Flintoff, was born on December 6, 1977. He served the English Cricket team and was also captained the side, He also played for Lancashire County Cricket Club, Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
After his retirement from cricket, Flintoff has become a broadcaster and professional boxer.
A 6′ 4″ heavy built fast bowler, batsman and slip fielder, Flintoff was unswervingly rated by the ICC as being among the top international all-rounders, both in ODI and Test cricket formats.
Following his debut in 1998, Flintoff became an integral player for England, serving as both captain and vice-captain of the English team. However, he suffered regular injuries throughout his international career, often due to his heavy frame and bowling action.
During the period 2007â€“09 he played in only 13 of England’s 36 Test matches, but nevertheless remained a core member of the England squad, being selected whenever available.
On July 15, 2009 he announced his retirement from Test cricket at the conclusion of the 2009 Ashes series, on 24 August. But made himself available for future commitments in One Day International and Twenty20 International matches.
It was reported on September 7, 2009 that Flintoff has developed deep vein thrombosis after surgery to his knee. On 16 September 2010, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He made his professional boxing debut on 30 November 2012 in Manchester, beating Americaâ€™s Richard Dawson on a pointsâ€™ decision.
In the year 2002 Flintoff scored his maiden Test hundred. By 2003, a newer, fitter Flintoff started to justify the comparisons with Botham. Up to the end of 2002, he had averaged just 19 with the bat and 47 with the ball; from 2003 to the end of the 2005 Ashes series, the corresponding figures were 43 and 28.
In the summer of 2003 he scored a century and three fifties in the 5 Test series against South Africa at home, and continued to excel on the tour of the West Indies in March and April 2004, taking five wickets in the Test in Barbados, and scoring a century in Antigua.
In early 2004 he was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year, having failed to make Wisden’s top 40 list in 2002.
Although injury prevented him from bowling, he was called into the England squad for the 2004 Nat West One Day International (ODI) Series against New Zealand and the West Indies as a specialist batsman, scoring two consecutive centuries in the series and hitting seven sixes in one innings.