Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, 59, dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai


The Australian cricketer made his Test and ODI debuts in 1984 and played his last international match in 1994

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones died of a heart attack in Mumbai on Thursday. He was 59.

Jones was in India as part of his commitments for the host broadcasters of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

He reportedly suffered a massive heart attack at a hotel in Mumbai after in the afternoon.

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.

The Australian cricketer made his Test and ODI debuts in 1984 and played his last international match in 1994.

In one-day internationals he amassed 6068 runs at 44.61 with 7 hundreds and 46 fifties.

Jones was part of Australia’s 1987 World Cup-winning team, and his international career spanned from 1984 to 1994.

After retiring from First Class cricket in 1998, Jones became a commentator. During this period, he courted a controversy and abstained from this field for a long time.

Meanwhile, the cricket fraternity condoled the death of Jones.

The sudden passing of a beloved icon was greeted with shock and sadness from around the cricket world, ICC said in a statement.

"Stats are great, but they don’t say how he changed the way the game was played," ICC said in a tweet.

Cricket Australia said it is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jones.

“He was also a stalwart of Victorian cricket during the 1980s and 1990s and retired as the state’s leading first-class run-scorer,” Cricket Australia said in a release.

Earl Eddings, Chair of Cricket Australia, said Jones would be sorely missed by cricket fans around the world.

“Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game,” Eddings said.

“Anyone who watched cricket in the 1980s and 1990s will fondly recall his cavalier approach at the crease and the incredible energy and passion he brought to every game he played.”

“Just can’t believe what I heard ... Dean jones RIP .. my condolences to the family ... @ProfDeano,” BCCI president Saurav Ganguly tweeted.

Harsha Bhogle, also a commentator, expressed his condolence in the death of Jones through a series of tweets.

"No, Deano. No. I am speechless. And in shock. And refusing to accept," Bhogle tweeted.

Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away, tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.

“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,” he tweeted.

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