Former Australian batsman and a much beloved commentator and mentor of the game Dean Jones passed away in India on Thursday.
According to reports by Indian media, the 59-year-old suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai, where he had been invited to work as a commentator during the Indian Premier League.
“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. 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,” Star India said in a statement.
On Thursday, at around 11 am, Jones, after finishing his breakfast, attended a briefing session for the day’s IPL broadcast and then was enjoying a casual session of bat and ball with colleagues in the corridors of the hotel he was staying in South Mumbai.
Suddenly, to everybody’s shock, Jones fell down and collapsed. Tragic details surrounding the death of Dean Jones have been revealed with fellow great Brett Lee doing all he could to save his life.
According to Daily Mail Australia, Jones collapsed in the lobby of the hotel with former fast bowler Brett Lee standing by his side. Lee desperately tried to revive him with CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).
Lee tried but could not revive him. Following which he was rushed in a standby ambulance to the Harkisandas Hospital in the city. The hospital authorities declared him dead on arrival.
According to close friends, Jones went for a run on Thursday morning before suffering the heart attack.
Jones, regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his generation, was part of Australia’s World Cup-winning team in 1987. He played 52 Tests and 164 one-day internationals in an international career that spanned 10 years from 1984 to 1994.
Jones is best remembered for his performance in the tied test against India in Chennai in 1986, when he battled extreme heat and physical exhaustion to notch a memorable double century.
He ended his career with 3,631 runs in Tests at an average of 46.55 with 11 hundreds and 14 half-centuries, and over 6,000 runs in ODIs with seven centuries and 46 fifties.
Jones retired from all forms of cricket in 1998, going on to work as a coach and commentator. He was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.
The Aussie great had served as head coach to the Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings and previously as coach and mentor to winning side Islamabad United in 2016 and 2018.