Former Australia batsman and cricket commentator Dean Jones, who had been covering the ongoing Indian Premier League from Mumbai, has died of a heart attack, his employer Star India said Thursday (Sept 24).
A gifted right-handed batsman, Jones played 52 tests and scored 3631 runs, including 11 centuries, but will arguably be best remembered for his one-day global exploits, where he scored 6063 runs, including seven centuries and 46 fifties, in 164 matches. He was the team's third highest run-getter in the tournament, scoring 314 runs in 8 matches. His knock was also spurred by a comment from skipper Allan Border that he was "a weak Victorian" and he wanted to see a Queenslander rough it out.
People all around the world have been paying tribute to the legend, commentator and coach since news of his death was announced.
Tributes have poured in from around the world after the death of former Australian cricketer Dean Jones. "He died of a sudden cardiac arrest".
Jones also scored two centuries during Australia's 4-0 Ashes victory in England in 1989, and his determination and aggression helped lead Australia away from a period in the 1980s that ranks among the least successful in the nation's cricketing history. After hanging his boots from the sport, Jones became a commentator and did a fine job in connecting with his audience.
"This is a tragic loss for the game and our thoughts are with Dean's family". Our thoughts are with Jane and family. A true entertainer at the crease, whose flair with the bat & electric running between the wickets changed the game forever.
"His 200 in Madras, it's nearly part of the legend in Australian Test cricket", Langer said.
Paying respects to his wholesome contribution as the coach for Islamabad United and Karachi Kings (franchises for the Pakistan Super League), celebrities from the entertainment fraternity took to social media to appreciate and remember the glory of the legend.
"Our hearts go out to Dean's family, friends, the Australian cricket family & his many fans".
"He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young cricketers".
"His 200 in Madras in 1986 was one of the greatest and most courageous innings of all time", Langer said on Thursday night.
"Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away", Tendulkar tweeted.
"He was a wonderful player for Australia and he will be missed".