Former Australia batsman-turned-commentator Dean Jones passes away in a Mumbai hotel at the age of 59 after he suffered a massive heart attack around noon on Thursday. The 59-year-old was in India as a commentator for the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Star India, with whom Jones was a commentator for the IPL, confirmed the same through a statement. “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Dean Mervyn Jones AM,” , the statement from Star India read. “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. 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,”, the statement further added.
The Indian Premier League also took to Twitter to confirm the tragic news. “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.”, the official Twitter handle of the Indian Premier League wrote.
Known for his great double century in the famous tied Test match between Australia and India in 1986 at the Chepauk, Jones played a total of 164 ODIs and 59 Test Matches for Australia. Jones revolutionised running between the wickets in ODI cricket, and was an absolute gun in the slips He was a core member of the Australian team which won the World Cup in 1987. Post his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1997-98, Jones carved a career as a commentator and analyst of the game, and was always fondly referred to as The Professor for his great knowledge and understanding of the game.