Cricket legend and former Australian cricketer, Dean Jones was claimed by a heart attack on Thursday, i.e. September 24th, 2020 while he was in Mumbai. Jones was in the City of Dreams to be one of the host broadcasters for the Indian Premier League. The 59-year retired cricketer suffered a terrible heart attack at the hotel he was staying in for the tenure of his visit. The incident took place at around 12 PM.
Star Sports India, the host broadcasters for IPL 2020 were the ones who confirmed the tragic news. In their official statement, they said, “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.
He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe.”
Former Australian Fast Bowler and friend, Brett Lee was present during this incident. According to an Australian newspaper, Lee tried to revive him by using CPR. According to STAR India, Jones was a great ambassador and an associate of cricket development across South Asia.
He was greatly revered and loved. He has been applauded for his “passion for discovering new talents and nurturing young cricketers”. The enigmatic sportsperson had millions of fans, not just for his immaculate sports skills but also for his champion commentary.
In his time, Jones played “52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia during an international career which spanned 8 years between 1984 and 1992. He scored 3631 runs in red-ball cricket at an average of 46.55 with 11 hundred and 14 half-centuries. In one-day internationals, he amassed 6068 runs at 44.61 with 7 hundred and 46 fifties.”
He was popularly known as “Professor Deano” and was known for his attacking batting-style. As the IPL goes on, the cricket teams and fans mourn the loss of the great cricketer all over the world.