September 24, 2020. The date marked an unwanted occasion that will be marked as the death date of one of the most prolific batsman of his time, Dean Jones.
Dean Jones died on 24th September, 2020 of a heart attack in Mumbai where he was on his commentating duties for IPL.
Jones is famously remembered for his innings of 210 runs in a tied Test match between Australia and India in Chennai in 1986.
Dean Jones was in Mumbai where he was on his job as a commentator for the IPL 2020 when he suffered a heart attack at around noon. He was part of the commentary panel for the Wednesday match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
Jones had played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia. He was part of the squad the won the 1987 World Cup, which was the first win for Australia. From 1997 onwards, he involved himself in commentating and coaching jobs.
At the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the T20 league of Pakistan, Jones had coached team Islamabad United from 2016 to 2019. In this era, he led them to two titles, in 2016 and 2018. For a brief period, he was also the interim head coach of the Afghanistan national team.
Earl Eddings, the Cricket Australia chairman, said, “Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game. Anyone who watched cricket in the 1980s and 1990s will fondly recall his cavalier approach at the crease and the incredible energy and passion he brought to every game he played.”
“Although many remember him for his brilliance in the 50-over game, arguably Jones’ finest moment in the national team came in scorching conditions in Chennai in 1986, where his selfless and courageous innings of 210 helped Australia to a famous tie against India.”
“Jones remained an immensely popular figure in Australian and Victorian cricket throughout his life and was a much-loved columnist and commentator in every corner of the cricketing world.”
“This is a truly sad day. Deano’s loss will be felt not just at home in Australia, but across the globe. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his wife Jane and daughters Isabella and Phoebe.”
Justin Langer, the current Australia’s men’s head coach, said, “What a great player and a great bloke. We are shocked and very sad to hear of his passing.”
“Deano was a true legend of Australian sport and world cricket, one of the great players and personalities in a golden time for the game. His role in the team’s World Cup win in 1987 and the 1989 Ashes under AB were a huge turning point for Australian cricket. His double century in Madras was one of the greatest and most courageous innings of all time.”
“We can only hope to make Australians as proud of our team as they were of Deano. He will be missed by the game and millions of people around the world. Our love to Jane and the girls.”