Former Australian Cricketer Dean Jones died on Thursday after suffering a tragic heart attack. He was just 59 years old & was currently staying in Mumbai as a commentator for the ongoing IPL 2020.
His fellow commentator Brett Lee tried to give him a CPR but was unsuccessful in saving his life. On Thursday morning the cricketer had breakfast with Brett Lee & another commentator Nikhil Chopra. Jones suffered a massive heart attack in the lobby of the hotel where he was staying during the commentary tenure. “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”, Star Sports statement added.
Dean Jones played 52 tests for Australia & scored 3631 runs at an average of 46.55 with 11 centuries. He hit a double century against India in the Test match of 1986. Jones also played 164 ODIs & scored 6068 runs at 44.61 with seven centuries. He made his Test and ODI debuts in 1984 and played his last international match in 1994.
For Indian fans one of the best memories of Jones is from his 1986 Test match in Chennai when during the innings he scored an epic 210 runs knock & threw up on the field where he had to be carried to the hospital after the innings. The entire Cricket fraternity is mourning Dean Jones death & are sending tribute to him.