Prime News, International and National Sport, Cricket, Mumbai, September 25:- Legendary Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who represented his national side in a total of 216 matches across all formats of the game, passed away on Thursday (September 24). He was 59.
The former right-handed batsman breathed his last after suffering a cardiac arrest in Mumbai.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag and current Indian head coach Ravi Shastri took to their official Twitter handles to mourn the sad demise of Jones.
Sehwag expressed his grief on the passing away of Jones and wrote that the former Australian cricketer was indeed ‘one of his favourite cricket commentators.’ “Saddened to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away. Still cannot believe it. Was one of my favourite commentators, he was on air in many of my landmarks. Had really fond memories with him. Will miss him,” he tweeted.
Shastri, on the other hand, posted a picture of Jones and conveyed his condolences to the legendary cricketer’s family and friends. “Really shocking to lose a colleague and a dear friend – Dean Jones. Gone so young. Condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace #RIPDeanJones,” the former Indian cricketer.
Just two months later, the former top-order Australian batsman played his first match for the national side in the longest format of the game against the West Indies in Port of Spain.
Jones went on to notch up 3,631 runs in 52 Tests and 6,068 runs in 164 matches he played for Australia in the 50-over format during his illustrious cricket career. Besides this, Jones also amassed 19,188 runs in 245 first-class matches and 10,936 runs in 285 List A games.
In 1994, Jones bid adieu to cricket abruptly after his contentious axing from the side, but remained involved in cricket as a coach, commentator and writer.
Regarded among the best ODI batsmen in the world, Jones was also inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame last year.
Jones was part of the Australian team that won the 1987 World Cup, playing a stellar role in the campaign. Jones was Australia’s third highest run-getter in the tournament, scoring 314 runs in 8 matches. He was currently in India as part of the team of experts working on the Indian Premier League with host broadcaster Star Sports.(Inputs: Agencies, NGB)