Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore players were seen sporting black armbands as they made their way into the ground for the ongoing sixth match of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
The players came up with the special gesture as a mark of tribute for Dean Jones who passed away just hours ago before the commencement of the game. The former Australia batsman passed away this afternoon in Mumbai due to a heart attack, leaving the entire cricketing world shocked,
He was in India to work on the IPL 2020 broadcast from a studio in Mumbai for official broadcasters Star Sports. The former cricketer-turned-commentator is survived by wife Jane, and daughters Isabella and Phoebe.
Dean Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia between 1984 and 1994 scoring in excess of 9600 runs combined. It included 18 centuries, with 11 of those in Tests. One of his finest performances came in India when he scored 210 in Madras during the famous tied Test against India in 1986. It was just his third Test.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest. We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this difficult time. We are in touch with the Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements,” Star said in an official statement.
“Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young Cricketers. He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the statement read.