Former Australian cricketer, Dean Jones passed away aged 59. Dean Jones was in India to fulfill his commitments for IPL 2020 commentary. He suffered a massive heart attack at a hotel in Mumbai after 12 PM on Thursday.
Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game. He had been an active Cricket analyst and was signed up to do off-tube commentary on IPL 2020, now underway in UAE.
He has commented on various leagues of the World and was known for his forthright views.
Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia during his international career which spanned eight years between 1984 and 1992.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones. He died of sudden cardiac arrest.” Star India, who host the broadcast of IPL, said in their official statement.
Born on March 24,1961, Jones made his international debut during one-day international match against Pakistan at the Adelaide oval in January 1984.
Regarded as one of the best ODI cricketers in the world, Jones scored 3631 runs in red ball cricket at an average of 46.55 with 11 hundreds and 14 half-centuries. In one-day internationals, he recorded 6068 runs at 44.61 with 7 hundreds and 46 fifties. He famously hit a double-century against India in the tied test of 1986. He was a part of Australia’s 1987 world cup winning squad.
Jones was the head coach of Pakistan super league franchise- Islamabad United from 2015-19. He also served as interim head coach of the Afghanistan national team in 2017.
Popularly known as “Professor Deano”, the legend was famous for his attacking batting style as a top-order batsman in one-day internationals, the right-hander was one of the most successful batsmen in ODI cricket in his era.