Gujarat Exclusive > IPL 2020 > Australian cricketer Dean Jones dies in Mumbai

Australian cricketer Dean Jones dies in Mumbai

0
1136

In an unfortunate event, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones on Thursday died in Mumbai due to a heart attack. He was 59-years-old and was working as a commentator for the IPL 2020.

Former Australian cricketer and a fellow commentator Brett Lee tried to give Dean Jones cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a bid to save his life, but in vain. In fact, Jones had breakfast with Brett Lee and Nikhil Chopra in the morning before the incident happened.

The Australian cricketer suffered a massive heart attack in the lobby of the hotel where he was staying during the commentary stint.

Condolences pour in after death of Dean Jones

India captain Virat Kohli said: “Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends.”

Current India coach Ravi Shastri said: “Really shocking to lose a colleague and a dear friend – Dean Jones. Gone so young. Condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace.”

Harsha Bhogle, another colleague of Jones, sent out a series of tweets grieving the Australian’s passing. “No, Deano. No. I am speechless. And in shock. And refusing to accept,” Bhogle wrote on Twitter.

“Everyone has stories to tell of Deano. Always wonderful to talk to, always provocative and one of the great lovers of cricket. In grief.”

“You disagreed with Deano, you pulled his leg more than you might with others. But that was because he was game. And when he came up with a theory, you always listened because it was backed by numbers. He loved cricket but that was only one of the reasons we loved him. So so sad,” Bhogle wrote.

Dean Jones played 52 Tests, 164 ODIs

Dean Jones played 52 Tests for Australia and scored 3631 runs at an average of 46.55 with 11 centuries. He famously hit a double-century against India in the tied Test of 1986.

Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs at 44.61 with seven centuries. He was part of Australia’s 1987 World Cup-winning squad.

Also Read: Kieron Pollard completes 150 IPL matches for Mumbai Indians

He made his Test and ODI debuts in 1984 and played his last international match in 1994.

The moniker “Professor Deano” stuck with Jones in his post-retirement career when he worked as a cricket analyst for many channels including Star, who hired his services as an expert on their show “Select Dugout.”

For Indian fans, one of Jones’ best memories is from that 1986 Test in Chennai when during the course of his epic 210-run knock he threw up on the field and had to be carried to the hospital after the inning.

Statement of Star India

Star India that holds the broadcast right of IPL in a statement said: “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest.”

“We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this difficult time. We are in touch with the Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements.”

“He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe.”

 

To read the latest news in Gujarati click here