Australian cricket legend Dean Jones dies of heart-attack in Mumbai


Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai (SD)

Mumbai, Sep 24: Dean Jones, former Australian cricket legend has died of a massive heart attack. The former legend was part of Star Sports commentary team and was in a bio-secure bubble in a seven-star hotel in Mumbai. He was 59.
He has been an active cricket analyst and was signed up to do off-tube commentary on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 now underway in UAE.

Dean Jones is a popular figure in the Indian media. His show 'Prof Deano' was extremely popular which aired in NDTV. He has also commentated on various leagues of the world and was known for his forthright views.

Born in Melbourne, Dean Jones played 52 Test matches scoring 3631 runs at an average of 46.55. With a 216 as his best score, Jones scored 11 centuries and was an important member of Allan Border's team.

Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs with the help of seven centuries and 46 fifties.

Jones was one of the first Australian batsmen cut out for the limited-overs game and he was quite successful at it.

Star India, in its official 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.

"Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He 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."

Paying tribute to "a colleague and a dear friend," India head coach Ravi Shastri said Jones "gone so young".

"Shocked" India captain Virat Kohli prayed "for strength and courage to his family and friends".

Former India opener Virender Sehwag also took to Twitter to share the grief. He wrote, "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."

Celebrated commentator Harsha Bhogle in a series of tweets said, "No, Deano. No. I am speechless. And in shock. And refusing to accept."

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

 

 

  

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  • vnayak, Mangalore/Switzerland

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Very sad news. I liked his analysis and also enjoyed the clips of "Professor Deano" doing simple analysis and predictions. RIP.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    RIP, Dean Jones. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. He was a great cricketer and also one of my fans.

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  • Franklyn Lobo, Falnir,. Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Very sad news. Gone too soon. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • DENZIL FERNANDES, BANGALORE

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    If there was an ever smiling face in the cricket commentary box, that face belonged to Australian cricketer Dean Jones. Popularly known as 'Deano'. the Aussie was a well wisher and supporter of Indian cricket. I saw him just yesterday doing duty for the IPL matches from hi s commentary base in Mumbai along with Bret Lee and others.
    As Ravi Shastri said he was 'gone so young'. A jovial guy, he starred for Australia as a topnotch batsman especially when Allen Border was the captain. Dea6no played in the historic tied
    Test in Chennai in 1986 where he scored a double century. Easily evolved as an interesting showman on tv after retiring from cricket.
    Sad that the bubbly Aussie passed away due to a massive heart attack in Mumbai earlier on thursday.
    He was only 59 and had many more years of cricket story telling left in him. May God give his family enough strength to bear this sudden loss.
    Always a great friend of Indian cricket.
    REST IN PEACE DEANO - A TRUE CRICKET CHARACTER WHO BROUGHT LIFE INTO THE GAME OF CRICKET WITH HIS BATTING AND COMMENTARY..

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  • Francis Lewis, Sastan

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE
    GOOD CRICKETOR

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Rest in Peace ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    RIP....

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