Former Australian batsman, coach, and commentator Dean Jones has passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 59. The news shocked everyone who knew Jones as he was absolutely fine the last time they met him. It is sometimes hard to comprehend that fragile life can break easily and unpredictably regardless of health.
The Aussie legend was working at a commentary booth in Mumbai, India for IPL. Reportedly, he had a heart attack which ultimately led him to collapse inside his hotel room.
Australian Cricketer Dean Jones’s Career Highlights
He played 52 Test matches and 164 ODI matches from 1984 to 1994.
In his batting career, he racked up 3631 runs in Test and 6068 in ODIs.
He has also bowled 10 innings in Test and 8 innings in ODIs but was only able to take 4 wickets in total.
Cricketers Could Not Believe This Sudden Death
Cricketers shared the extreme pain that they felt as most of them recently saw him doing commentary alive and well. They sent condolences in a shocked state of mind.
Australian legend Shane Watson was in disbelief over the death of a kind and generous soul. He was proud of Deano for living a remarkable life and doing so much for the game of cricket.
Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar remembered his tour of Australia in which he got the chance to play against Jones. He described him as the wonderful soul and felt heartbroken over his death.
One of the top-ranking batsmen in the world, Steve Smith mentioned how iconic Jones was for the Australian cricket team.
Pakistani bowler, Hassan Ali lamented that this year couldn’t get any worse. He said that Deano was a better human being than he was a cricket legend.
The stories of his good human principles were also popular among the commoners.
Wahab Riaz mentioned that Jones really loved Pakistani Cricket
Saddened by the news, Virat Kohli wished that Jones’ family friends can find the strength to deal with this loss.
Sir Vivian Richards got very emotional from the passing of Jones. He mentioned that Deano meant more than a player to him and he left very soon. He added that the world needed from the man who cracked up the tense playing field every time. Sir Richards said that he won’t find that feeling anywhere now.
Young Pakistani player Rumman Raees expressed that his sorrow may be different from all these huge players. He said that they had lost a legendary friend but he has lost a mentor. Many young players looked up to Dean Jones for knowledge and skills.
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Jon Ralph said that Dean Jones was his teenage hero whose innings was like a music to his years. Whenever Deano was batting, it was hard for him to even move a muscle.
Presenter Zainab Abbas saw him work just one day before. His brilliant commentary on the match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders on 23rd September was the last. She also condemned 2020; the year which has brought only pain and suffering to the world.
Rameez Raja tried to imagine how Dean would have felt in his last moments when he was alone and helpless in the hotel room. It reminded him of the absolute truth that all humans will come across, death. Sadder for the commentators who would normally stay in hotel rooms due to their work. They fear that it could be the last place they’ll see before going.