Former Aussie cricketer Dean Jones shocked the world with his sudden death while preparing for a Dugout shoot in his hotel room in Mumbai. The swashbuckling batsman was a part of the IPL 2020 commentary panel. According to reports, Jones collapsed in the blink of an eye and could not be revived despite several attempts.
Speaking about the tragedy, Australian cricketing legend Mark Taylor has revealed a chat he had with Dean Jones a few years ago. Taylor said that Jones talked about the heart ailment being a hereditary thing and that it would cause problems eventually.
“I couldn’t believe it although, having said that, I had a couple of beers with Deano about three years ago at a golf day … sitting there was myself, Peter Taylor, and I think Ian Healy. ‘And he talked about some heart issues then. That’s three or four years ago now, so it’s obviously something in his family because I believe his father died of a heart attack, or certainly heart-related issues, so there may well have been something there,” said Taylor on Channel Nine’s Sports Sunday.
The 55-year-old added that Jones wasn’t as fit as he used to be but was still hitting the gym and doing things for his well being. He went on to explain his reaction to receiving the news of Jones’ death on WhatsApp.
“When you first get a message like that, you don’t quite believe it. You think somehow the lines of communication have been blurred between Dubai and Mumbai — then everything started flooding in, and I thought, ‘This is real,” concluded Taylor.
Dean Jones has featured in 52 Tests and 164 one-day internationals for the Australian national team. He ended his career with 3631 runs in Tests and over 6000 runs in One Day Internationals.