Flintoff also appeared in three IPL matches. Flintoff made his IPL debut in 2009 for the Chennai Super Kings. He played two matches and scored 42 runs with a high score of 14. He returned for another season in 2010 when he signed with the Rajasthan Royals. He again finished with a career-high score of 14 but this time took five wickets. Flintoff's final season was in 2011 when he played for the Deccan Chargers; he didn't appear in any matches but still earned $150,000.
In addition to playing cricket, Flintoff has also commentated on several Indian Premier League games. He is considered one of the best limited-overs players in England and has over 100 Test matches under his belt.
Flintoff appeared in three IPL games for CSK, hitting 62 runs and taking two wickets. Later, when asked about his ill-fated IPL tenure, Flintoff stated that CSK "didn't matter that much to him." "However, when I was playing for Chennai in the IPL in 2009, I couldn't identify everyone on my squad or coaching staff."
In March 2010, Flintoff announced his retirement from Test cricket to concentrate on his role as an offspinner with Durham County Cricket Club. He had been struggling with a knee injury since early 2009 and had not played a single Test after the Sri Lanka series in 2009. However, despite his retirement announcement, he returned to the England team for their final two Tests against South Africa later that year.
Despite being unable to bowl, he was invited into the England team for the 2004 NatWest One-Day International (ODI) Series against New Zealand and the West Indies as a specialist batsman, making two consecutive century and smashing seven sixes in one innings.
Flintoff was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2005, the first cricketer to do so since Ian Botham in 1981. Flintoff was awarded an MBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for his contribution to the winning Ashes team. Flintoff was awarded the Freedom of the City of Preston, Lancashire, in January 2006.
Flintoff joined the Sky One television sports discussion show A League of Their Own, presented by James Corden, in March 2010. Flintoff appeared as a guest commentator throughout a handful of matches in the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship in December 2010.
Andrew Freddie Flintoff, born December 6, 1977, is a former England captain and all-rounder who represented the country in 79 Tests and 141 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between 1998 and 2009. He is the joint third highest wicket-taker for England in Test cricket with 251 wickets at an average of 30.92.
Flintoff made his first-class debut against South Africa at The Oval in August 1998. He scored 105 not out and took three wickets in the match which England won by an innings and 130 runs. His next game was also against South Africa at Lord's two months later where he made his ODI debut. He went on to make 81 not out in that match as well.
He ended up playing seven matches for England in both formats of the game with a high score of 253 not out. In addition to this, he also played seven Twenty20 internationals for England between 2003 and 2005. He retired after being dismissed for a duck in the 1st ODI of the 2009 World Cup which England lost by nine wickets.
After ending his career, Flintoff became involved in sports administration and is currently chairman of the ECB's cricket committee. He has also been appointed as an advisor to the England team.
In 2009, Flintoff married Candice Brown.
Flintoff withdrew from all forms of professional cricket on September 16, 2010, after consulting with medical advisors. He continued to play for Penwortham Cricket Club on a leisure basis, with his brother, Chris Flintoff. Flintoff announced his retirement in May 2014, returning to Lancashire to play exclusively Twenty20. He finished his career with 683 runs and 26 wickets across all formats.
He made his first-class debut against Cambridge UCCE at Lord's in 1996, and went on to appear in over 200 matches during his career, scoring 8500 runs and taking 250 wickets. He was named as England's player of the year in both 2003 and 2004. In 2001 he became the first player to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in a season, finishing with 1016 runs and 102 wickets.
After retiring from playing, Flintoff launched himself into coaching, working with young players as well as staff members at Lancashire County Cricket Club. He also appeared as a guest coach during an Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in 2013.
In 2015, Flintoff joined Yorkshire as their bowling consultant, helping them develop their fast-bowling armament that included James Anderson, Sam Curran and Mark Wood. He remained with the county until the end of the 2016 season, when he moved to Surrey to take up a role as bowling mentor.
Flintoff made his first-class debut for Lancashire against Hampshire in August 1995, at the age of 18. Flintoff, who was captained by Pakistan great Wasim Akram, bowled 11 wicketless overs and scored 7 and 0 in the match. Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak dismissed him in both innings. 7. A fervent plea for a Test debut came from former England player David Gower but it was rejected by the selectors.
He continued to play first-class cricket until 1998, when he retired hurt after being hit on the head by a ball thrown by South African fast bowler Allan Donald during a county game. He returned the following season, but failed to regain his previous form and was eventually forced to retire for good after suffering another concussion while playing for Durham in 2001.
After retiring from cricket, Flintoff turned his attention to rugby league and played in Australia for two seasons, winning a premiership with Melbourne Storm in 2008. He then moved back to England where he currently plays for Lancaster RUFC as their captain/lock.
In addition to cricket and rugby league, Flintoff is also famous for his involvement in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise where he played most often was Chennai Super Kings, with whom he won the 2012 Indian Premier League. In 2013, he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore as an overseas player but was later suspended for a year due to a drug violation found by the IPL management.
The former England cricketer defeated Richard Dawson on points in his first and only professional bout in 2012. Freddie Flintoff won his sole professional boxing match before retiring from the sport because he disliked being beaten!
Rachael Wools Flintoff is the wife of Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, a Top Gear host. Here's all you need to know about the entrepreneur and former model:
Freddie Flintoff also created a documentary, Freddie Flintoff: Hidden Side of Sport, exposing his and other athletes' severe depression. On January 11, 2012, BBC1 showed the first episode.
Rachael Wools Flintoff, 40, is a businesswoman and former model. From the age of 19, she established a successful events firm named Strawberry Promotions. She met Freddie Flintoff in 2002 at the Edgbaston cricket field in Birmingham while attending a business event.