The former Australia batsman & Commentator Dean Jones died at the age of 59 due to Cardiac Attack.
Former Australian Batsmen Dean Jones died after suffering a cardiac attack on Thursday while staying at a hotel in Mumbai. He was in India as part of the Star Sports commentary team for the IPL 2020.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr Dean Mervyn Jones AM,” Star India said in a statement.
“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.
“Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with cricket development across South Asia. Dean was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young cricketers.
“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.”
Jones made 52 Test appearances and won 164 one-day international caps for Australia between 1984 and 1994, making just shy of 10,000 runs across formats, including 17 centuries – one of which, his famous 210 against India in Madras on the 1986-87 tour, came in a tied test and ended with the batsman on a saline drip.
He was part of the Australia squad which won the 1987 World Cup, and the 1989 Ashes.
Jones went on to enjoys careers in coaching and the media, where he was known to be a forthright pundit.
There was more to the former Victoria and Derbyshire captain than his work on the pitch and in the studio, however.
Jones is credited with having played a major role in the development of white-ball cricket across the world and raised substantial sums of money for charity through sponsored walks.
He leaves behind wife Jane and two daughters – Phoebe and Isabella.
An outpouring of emotion on social media followed the news of Jones’ death, which is reported to have taken place at around noon IST on Thursday.
Fellow commentator Harsha 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.”
Ali Naqvi, the owner of Islamabad United, whom Jones coached to victory in the Pakistan Super League in 2016, said: “Amna (Naqvi) and I are devastated beyond words on Deano’s news. It truly feels like losing a close family member. Our thoughts are with Jane and family. RIP Coach, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers!”
Australia opener David Warner wrote: “I can’t believe this news. So very sad to hear about this. Rip Deano, you will be missed.”
Former national coach Darren Lehmann added: “So sad. RIP legend and love to his family, our thoughts are with them all”.
Jones’s former teammate Tom Moody posted: “Speechless with the tragic news of the passing of my great mate and beloved cricketing man. You will be sorely missed by your cricketing family, sincere condolences to Jane and the girls.”
Ex-India batsman Virender Sehwag said: “Saddened to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away. Still cannot believe it. Was one of my favourite commentators, he was on air in many of my landmarks. Had really fond memories with him. Will miss him.”
A statement from Derbyshire, whom Jones captained in 1996 and 1997, read: “The club is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of the former captain, Dean Jones.
“This is a tragic loss for the game and our thoughts are with Dean’s family.”