From Twitter: Cricketers in shock as Dean Jones passes away; tributes pour in
Bengaluru: Cricket world was in shock on Thursday (September 24) after former Australian cricketer Dean Jones breathed his last in Mumbai. He suffered a massive heart attack. He was in India as a part of Star Sports commentary team for IPL 2020. Present and former cricketers took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to mourn the loss of Jones. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, India captain Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri, former captain Anil Kumble, former batsman Virender Sehwag, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and several others tweeted. Here are tributes for Jones from cricketers, on Twitter.
Sachin Tendulkar: "Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away. 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."
Virat Kohli: "Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends."
Sir Vivian Richards: "Horrible news to wake up to... You were more than a player I had played against, you were my friend, my brother. Will deeply miss your smile & your presence where ever cricket is played around the world. Rest In Peace Deano man. The world needed more from you! Always in my (Red Heart emoji)."
Ravi Shastri: "Really shocking to lose a colleague and a dear friend - Dean Jones. Gone so young. Condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace #RIPDeanJones -
Virender Sehwag: "Saddened to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away. Still cannot believe it. Was one of my favourite commentators, he was on air in many of my landmarks. Had really fond memories with him. Will miss him."
David Warner: "I can’t believe this news. So very sad to hear about this. Rip Deano, you will be missed."
R Ashwin: "Shocked and devastated!! #RIPDeanjones"
Jimmy Neesham: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Dean Jones. He was always a fantastic bloke to have a yarn with around a cricket field. I remember in Canada one of his stories was so funny I actually forgot to warm up to bowl pre-game. RIP."
Mohammad Kaif: "Shocked to hear Deano is no more. His innovative batting and his professorial analysis in studio were always such a joy to watch. He was so full of life. Will miss watching him on TV and talking cricket with him. RIP #DeanJones"
Michael Clarke: "Speechless. Devastated. RIP great man"
Shikhar Dhawan: "Tragic news. Rest in Peace, Professor. My condolences to the family of Dean Jones."
Rajasthan Royals: "We will miss you & your voice, Professor. Deeply saddened by the loss of commentator & former Aussie cricketer, Dean Jones.
Dodda Ganesh: "What !! Deano no more ? 2020 is getting worse with every passing day. Dean Jones was one of those legends who was outspoken & called a spade a spade. We will miss you, Deano. And your double century at Madras will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers with ur family #DeanJones"
Anil Kumble: "Shocking news... This year gets even worse. Was joking with Deano last week about carrying a red book with me to the match. Terrible... My heartfelt Condolences to the family."
IPL: "We are extremely shocked and sad to learn of the untimely demise of Mr. Dean Jones. His energy and enthusiasm for the game will be truly missed. Our thoughts with his family, friends and his followers in this hour of grief."
Krunal Pandya: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of Dean Jones. A true legend of the game. You will be missed, Professor."
Delhi Capitals: "Professor. Always and Forever Deeply saddened to hear about the sudden demise of one of the greatest ambassadors of cricket, #DeanJones. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."
Sunrisers Hyderabad: "Cricketer, coach, commentator. A man with talent in abundance. Huge loss for the cricketing community. RIP, Dean Jones."
VVS Laxman: "Terrible news of Dean Jones passing away. My heartfelt Condolences to the family."
Steve Smith: "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"
Hardik Pandya: "Very, very sad news. Rest in Peace, Professor Deano. Sending my condolences to his loved ones."
Mumbai Indians: "Rest In Peace, Prof. The cricketing world will miss your entertaining lectures"
Amol Muzumdar: "Kookaburra Bat in hand, Baggy green on his head, Australian jumper covering his chest, World Cup Champion 1987.! that’s how I will remember him. Rest In Peace.! @ProfDeano Gone too Soon."
Kumar Sangakkara: "Unbelievably sad news about @ProfDeano. Thoughts and prayers with family. absolutely shocked. Awful news."
Tom Moody: "Speechless with the tragic news of the passing of my great mate and beloved cricketing man. You will be sorely missed by your cricketing family, sincere condolences to Jane and the girls. #RIP #Deano"
Irfan Pathan: "I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of our fellow commentator #DeanJones He was fine in the morning. I had video call with his son two days back. Everything was fine. Everything was normal. I can’t believe this #RIP"
Royal Challengers Bangalore: "Really saddened to hear the passing of Dean Jones. Go well, Professor."
Glenn Maxwell: "Incredibly shocked by the news that Dean Jones has passed away. Had a poster of the great man in my room as a kid. And was lucky to have him as a batting coach 1st year of BBL. Thoughts are with his family at this extremely tough time. #RIPDeano"
Star Sports issued a statement.
Chennai Super Kings: "Absolutely devastated to hear about the demise of Dean Jones. A colossal loss to the cricketing community. His connection to Chepauk will always be cherished. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace."
Kings XI Punjab: "RIP, Dean Jones. You will be missed."
Shaun Tait: "Entertainer, true lover of cricket especially in the subcontinent, thanks for the laughs Deano. #RIPDeano"
Jason Gillespie: "Simply awful news. Rest in peace Deano. Grew up idolising you and it was a pleasure to know you. Heartbreaking. Deepest condolences to Jane and the family. #RIPDeano"
Ramiz Raja: "In complete shock to hear about Dean Jones sad passing. One of a kind you were Deano and how lonely and helpless you must have felt on your own in that hotel room-a death we commentators fear the most, and likely to meet, helpless and gone in that hotel room...RIP my friend."
Aakash Chopra: "At a loss of words to express my grief at the passing of a man who I admired a lot. Loved chatting cricket with him. Genuinely loved the sport. 59 is not an age to go....too soon my friend. Too soon. World of cricket will be poorer in your absence. R.I.P., Deano."
Aaron Finch: "Still in shock hearing the news of Deanos passing. Thoughts are with Jane and the family at this incredibly tough time. A great man with an amazing passion for the game."
Shane Watson: "I cannot believe that this incredibly kind and generous soul is not here with us anymore. He lived an extraordinary life. Rest In Peace Deano. #gonetoosoon"
David Hussey: "My first cricket bat was a County Clubman because of Dean Jones. He revolutionised the game of cricket with his play, especially in ODI cricket. The game of cricket is poorer today. #RIPDeanJones"
Manoj Tiwary: "Still can't believe @ProfDeano is no more... In complete shock! May his soul rest in peace... Cricket will miss him! A legend! #DeanJones #RIP #Cricket"
Yuvraj Singh: "Heartbroken to hear of the sudden and shocking demise of Dean Jones, one of the finest Australian cricketers of his time. This is a tragic loss for the cricket fraternity. My deepest condolences and prayers for his family."