Former English all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff is one of the very few former cricketers who has been far away from the game after retiring from the game. Flintoff, since calling it a day in all forms of cricket in 2010, has tried out careers outside of cricket, and has only occasionally, has seen doing commentary or any other game-related gigs.
Perhaps this is the reason why a young fan was clueless about the cricketing career of Andrew Flintoff and asked him a question that left the former all-rounder red-faced. Hosting the hit TV show, Top Gear, Andrew Flintoff sat inside the car with a young fan and was kind of startled when the conversation took an awkward turn.
“Are you a fan of cricket?” asked the fan, to which Andrew Flintoff took a moment and then giggled with a “Yes”. The former champion all-rounder was then asked if there is an IPL franchise he supports, to which Flintoff replied: “Chennai Super Kings” of the IPL, a franchise which he represented in 2008.
— Andrew Flintoff (@flintoff11) December 12, 2021
As the fan rejoiced, calling Andrew Flintoff ‘my guy’ and giving him a fist bump in sheer excitement, the 44-year-old asked he was ‘a big fan of the franchise’. Upon getting a yes as an answer, Flintoff decided to surprise him, informing him that he did once play for CSK, leaving the youngster wide-eyed.
The fan said in almost disbelief: “Really, what year? Well, I was a baby at that time so I didn’t watch cricket,” to which Flintoff just turned his head and gave a sly “Right”.
Flintoff was brought by IPL franchise CSK for ₹7.55 crores, making him the highest-paid overseas IPL cricketer back in the day. It was even more than what MS Dhoni was getting paid. However, Andrew Flintoff played just three matches scoring 62 runs and picking up two wickets.