The cricketing world, on Thursday, was rocked by Dean Jones’ untimely and shocking demise. The former Australia batsman died of a heart attack in Mumbai. He was 59. Dean Jones was in India to fulfil his commitments for broadcasters Star Sports for the ongoing the Indian Premier League. He suffered the fatal heart attack at his hotel in Mumbai after 12 PM on Thursday.
“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.
“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,” Star Sports India posted in a statement.
When Dean Jones cleaned the stadium:
Soon after the tragic news became public, the cricket fraternity paid its tribute to the man who lived and breathed cricket. He was very popular among the fans and the way he interacted with other cricketers on social media, one can say that he was loved by the players too.
And soon after a demise a video of him went viral which further shows why he is loved so much in the cricket world. In the clip, Dean Jones could be seen picking trash at Karachi’s National Stadium after a Pakistan Super League (PSL) game earlier this year. Dean Jones was the head coach of Karachi Kings.
Here is the viral video showing Dean Jones cleaning the stadium:
Dean Jones cleaning dugout after match in NSK.
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As far as his playing career is concerned, Dean Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia. He scored 3631 runs in red-ball cricket at an average of 46.55 with 11 hundred and 14 half-centuries. In the 50-over format, he amassed 6068 runs at 44.61 with 7 hundreds and 46 fifties.