IPL 2020: KXIP and RCB players wear black armbands to pay tribute to Dean Jones

IPL 2020: KXIP and RCB players wear black armbands to pay tribute to Dean Jones

Dean Jones passed away earlier in the day.

Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal
Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal. (Photo Source: Disney + Hotstar VIP)

Cricket fraternity was shocked on Thursday afternoon after the former Australia cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai. He suffered a cardiac arrest during his stay in the bio-bubble at a hotel. He was part of Star Sports’ commentary panel for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The whole cricket fraternity paid condolences to his family on social media after Jones’ sudden demise.

As a mark of respect to him, even the players from the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wore black armbands. The likes of Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch and many others also tweeted after the unfortunate news came out as all of them praised for the way Dean Jones conducted himself throughout.

Even after the match started, the commentators on air remembered his contribution to the sport while Star Sports displayed a few of his pictures as a tribute to him. Even his international career stats for Australia were displayed. Dean Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for his country scoring 3631 and 6068 runs in the two formats respectively. He also scored 18 tons at the highest level and crossed the 50-run mark on 60 occasions.

RCB win the toss and opt to bowl

As far as the match between KXIP and RCB is concerned, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl first. The RCB didn’t make any changes to the winning side from the last game while the KL Rahul-led KXIP benched Chris Jordan and Krishnappa Gowtham. James Neesham was handed his debut for the franchise and Murugan Ashwin made it to the XI as well.

RCB defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their opening game of the season with AB de Villiers and Devdutt Padikkal shining with the bat. On the other hand, KXIP lost the game which they should’ve easily won after Mayank Agarwal’s heroics. However, they failed to score one run off three balls and the game went into super over against the Delhi Capitals (DC). Kagiso Rabada was too hot to handle for them and KXIP eventually lost the game.