New Delhi, Sept. 25:
The sudden death of Australian great Dean Jones due to a cardiac arrest on Thursday left the cricketing world in shock as tributes poured in for the affable cricketer-turned-commentator.
Jones, 59, was in Mumbai with the Star Sports’ commentary team for the Indian Premier League.
“Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.
A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia. May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones,” tweeted Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.
India captain Virat Kohli wrote: “Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends.” India head coach Ravi Shastri and former opener Virender Sehwag also condoled his demise.
Sunil Gavaskar, who played against him and commentated alongside the Australian for many years, called Jones a dynamic personality.
“He was one of the most dynamic of cricketers, also as you said with the mic, he set new standards and that’s what he did with the bat as well,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.Current and former Australia players too were left speechless after coming to know about the tragic news.
“I can’t believe this news. So very sad to hear about this. Rip Deano, you will be missed,” David Warner, who is leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, tweeted.
Australian limited overs skipper Aaron Finch, who is with the RCB this IPL, said: “Still in shock hearing the news of Deanos passing. Thoughts are with Jane and the family at this incredibly tough time. A great man with an amazing passion for the game.”
World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke wrote: “Speechless. Devastated. RIP great man.” The official handle of the Indian Premier League posted: “We are extremely shocked and sad to learn of the untimely demise of Mr. Dean Jones. His energy and enthusiasm for the game will be truly missed. Our thoughts with his family, friends and his followers in this hour of grief.” In a statement, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings expressed his grief and lauded Jones’ cricketing and broadcast career.According to an IPL source, it happened in matter of seconds. “Deano was standing in the hotel lobby and he suddenly collapsed. Brett Lee was standing by his side. Brett tried to revive him by applying CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) but he didn’t respond,” said the source.