On Friday, Dean Jones died of cardiac arrest at the age of 59 in Mumbai leaving fans heartbroken and in despair.
He was a gem in the field of Cricket, one of the greatest ambassador. The former Australian Cricketer had played 52 Tests and scored 3631 runs including 11 centuries along with 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs with the help of seven centuries and 46 fifties.
He was born in Melbourne, he was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia.”If I had to die for the love of the game, what else would be a better place than a cricket ground wearing my baggy green cap,” Dean Jones was quoted as saying by The Hindu in 2017.
Notably, Jones was in Mumbai commentating on the Indian Premier League (IPL).”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,” Star India, who host the broadcast of the IPL through Star Sports, said in a statement.
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.”
“Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends,” tweeted India captain Virat Kohli.
“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,” tweeted Jones’ colleague in the commentary box and current India coach Ravi Shastri. 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. Suresh Raina also expressed condolences through Tweet.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) expressed sadness on Jones’ passing. “We are extremely sad to hear of Dean’s sudden death and I would like to extend our deep condolences to his family and friends on behalf of the ICC,” said Manu Sawhney, the ICC Chief Executive.