Dean Jones, former Australian cricketer and the famous cricket commentator passed away, on Thursday, in Mumbai after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was just 59 and was in Mumbai to do the job for broadcast giant Star Sports.
Dean Jones, with the name of ‘Prof Deano‘, was a highly active social media user and kept his openly about cricket on all the platforms. He had played 52 Test matches scoring 3,631 runs at an average of 46.55. The batsman also had eleven Test centuries to his name.
Apart from Tests, Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs at an average of 44.61, including seven centuries and 46 fifties.
Star Sports had signed him up to do an off-tube commentary of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Star India, in their official statement, stated that Dean Jones died of a sudden cardiac arrest.
“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,” Star India said in their official statement.
Cricketers shared their grief for Dean Jones loss:
After getting the news, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and other cricketers shared their condolences to Jones’ family.
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.
A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia.
May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/u6oEY1h7zz
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 24, 2020
Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends. 🙏🏻
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 24, 2020
In complete shock to hear about Dean Jones sad passing. One of a kind you were Deano and how lonely and helpless you must have felt on your own in that hotel room-a death we commentators fear the most, and likely to meet, helpless and gone in that hotel room…RIP my friend.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 24, 2020
I just wish this wasn’t true. So shocked and heartbroken to hear about the death of Dean Jones😭 cannot believe this
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) September 24, 2020
We are extremely shocked and sad to learn of the untimely demise of Mr. Dean Jones. His energy and enthusiasm for the game will be truly missed. Our thoughts with his family, friends and his followers in this hour of grief. pic.twitter.com/gAAagImKeC
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 24, 2020
Shocking news of #DeanJones passing away in Mumbai. He was our coach during a T10 league a couple of years back. His ideas and insight were so unique. A very popular Aussie in India. Will miss you and your passionate voice sir. #OmShanti #RIP pic.twitter.com/Kn1KlyAQSk
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) September 24, 2020