Absolutely shocked to hear about the tragic death of celebrated Australian batsman and a legendary commentator Dean Jones. Everyone was fascinated with Deano commentary style and his flamboyant lifestyle.
Departure at the age of 59 due to cardiac arrest India’s Tinsel Town of Mumbai where he was on the IPL commentary assignment for Star Sports leaves us all very dejected.
For cricket connoisseurs worldwide, Deano became an overnight sensation in only his third Test at Madras in 1986 when he hit 210 runs in the epic Tied Test. His double hundred score in fierce hot and humid conditions had catapulted him in the pantheon of legendary Aussies cricketers.
Allan Border was skipper of the visiting squad. A year later Aussies would win the World Cup for the first time, beating arch rival England at the Eden Garden in Calcutta. Dean Jones was a crucial link in the winning squad.
Rest in peace and power, Sir Jones.
Paying a tribute to the departed legend, Lahore based cricket connoisseur and a popular voice of politics and cricket, Umar Khayyam wrote:
Truly saddened and grieved to hear of the sad demise of one of my all time favourite batsmen and a tremendous ambassador of the game Dean Jones. He not only embodied the gritty and aggressive spirit of Australian sport but also blazed new trails in terms of stroke making and the overall art of batting.
He was the pioneer of the hard hitting, free scoring tradition in white ball cricket. With him goes a significant chunk of my cricketing memories and my dream of working with him shall forever remain unfulfilled. May the champion’s soul rest in peace. Deeply affected by this loss.