Dean Jones’ colleagues at Star Sports in India have paid a beautiful tribute to the Aussie cricket legend after his death.
Jones, 59, died after suffering a heart attack in Mumbai on Thursday, where we was stationed while commentating on the Indian Premier League.
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As his colleagues went back to work following the tragedy, they draped one of Jones’ blazers over an empty chair in the Star Sports studio.
Quite a nice gesture by Star Sports to have Dean Jones 'be there' in the Dugout today with his red book and the blazer he wore last night.— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) September 24, 2020
Rest in peace, Professor! pic.twitter.com/z4s4jRO3Bz
Fellow Aussie great and commentator Brett Lee, who reportedly performed CPR on Jones before he was rushed to hospital, said his colleague and friend would have wanted them to return to work.
“I think the thing we want to say about Deano is he would have wanted us to be here tonight,” Lee said.
“He is an absolute legend. Firstly to his family and friends we send our condolences. It’s a real tough day for everyone, not only for his close mates … and the whole cricketing world in general.
“What Deano would’ve wanted is for us to come out here in the dugout, get it done, have some fun for the game we all love.”
Fellow commentator Scott Styris broke down while describing how Jones had exercised in the hotel that morning by running down the corridors.
“That was his way of keeping fit because of course we are in the bubble here in Mumbai,” the former New Zealand cricketer said.
“Who would have thought merely a couple of hours later he had this heart attack or some sort of cardiac problem. It’s incredibly sad.
“He thought this to be the Deano show really. He’s on to me every day with new ideas on how we can make it better.
“So I think it’s the right thing to do to be here, it’s gonna be hard but we hope to make him feel proud tonight.”
Cricket world in shock over Dean Jones tragedy
Jones suffered a serious heart attack in his Mumbai hotel on Thursday, less than 24 hours after commentating on an IPL game.
His death has sent shockwaves through world cricket.
Jones had touched so many across the sport, be it as a teammate, opponent, commentator or in a coaching role with Afghanistan and in the Pakistan Super League.
Justin Langer revealed he wanted Jones to come in as a coaching advisor to help the Australian team ahead of next year's Twenty20 World Cup.
“There's not that many people who revolutionise the game; you think about maybe (Shane) Warne, Adam Gilchrist, and Dean Jones with one-day cricket,” the Australian coach said on Friday.
“His running between the wickets, his athleticism, the way he took on the game.
“We've had Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, it was only recently I was talking about getting Deano in to be one of those mentor coaches.
“Sadly that’s not going to happen, but the things I've learned from him, and the legacy he leaves to Australian cricket won't be lost on us.”
Langer said he had spoken to one of his “little brothers” Lee, who was doing it tough.
“I can't imagine what Binga's gone through so our heart goes out, not only to him, but obviously to Deano's family,” he said.
Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, David Warner and Steve Smith were among others to post tributes.
Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends. 🙏🏻— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 24, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 24, 2020
A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia.
May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/u6oEY1h7zz
I can’t believe this news. So very sad to hear about this. Rip Deano, you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/Mc8h36gnWe— David Warner (@davidwarner31) September 24, 2020
Awful to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away in Mumbai. He was a wonderful player for Australia and he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Deano https://t.co/AmVhQiNEe2— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) September 24, 2020