Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 59-year-old was part of the Star Sports commentary panel for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Tributes flowed on Twitter for the former batsman soon after news of his death broke. “Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away,” said Indian batting great 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.”
“Awful to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away in Mumbai. He was a wonderful player for Australia and he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Deano,” said talismanic Australian batsman Steve Smith.
Former Australia captain Allan Border said that his former teammate Dean Jones “revolutionised the game”. Border said that Jones was “one of the greatest natural cricketers I’ve ever seen,” according to Foxsports.com.au.
“He revolutionised the game and I loved him,” he said “Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends,” said India captain Virat Kohli.
“Rest In Peace, Prof. The cricketing world will miss your entertaining lectures,” said India batsman Rohit Sharma.