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 was invited to work as a commentator during the Indian Premier League.
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.
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, 3631 runs at an average of 46.55, and 164 ODIs, 6068 runs at 44.61, for Australia from 1984 till 1994.
Jones coached the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise, Islamabad United, which won the title in 2016 and 2018. He was also the head coach of Karachi Kings in the fifth edition of PSL.
The owner of Karachi Kings, Mr. Salman Iqbal shared that late Dean Jones and he discussed a young talent from Punjab just hours before he passed away.
Taking to Twitter, Kings’ owner shared the last voice recording he received from Jones in which he was discussing a young Pakistani talent.
“I spoke to you Dean Jones just this morning, we were discussing a young talent from Punjab,” he wrote. Meanwhile, Mr. Salman was extremely saddened by the demise.
“Shocking! Utterly shocking! I spoke to you. You loved Pakistan cricket and u were always available to groom young talent. RIP my friend, still in a shock!! Rest in peace,” he added.
Shocking! Utterly shocking! I spoke to you @ProfDeano just this morning, we were discussing about a young talent from punjab. You loved Pakistan cricket and u were always available to groom young talent . RIP my friend , still in a shock!! Rest in peace . pic.twitter.com/DANv7gVDME
— Salman Iqbal ARY (@Salman_ARY) September 24, 2020
Another ‘leaked’ private conversation shows what a gem Dean Jones was as a person.
The general manager of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United has tweeted a screenshot of a conversation with Australian batting great and coach Dean Jones that shows what a legend ‘Deano’ really was.
Rehan revealed that Dean Jones had proposed getting the Islamabad United team together to help out batsman Asif Ali, who had been struggling after news of his infant daughter’s terminal illness during the PSL 2019 season.
Rehan recalled that Dean Jones had also spoken emotionally on the matter during one of his press conferences, and the team had come together to help one of their own through a very difficult time.
That season each & every member of the team wanted to deliver for Asif. When Deano cried in the presser talking about him, it was no surprise. There are always ups & downs on the field but off it, the way u care for ppl who need ur support is what defines u.
— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) September 24, 2020