Sachin Tendulkar has no doubts in his thoughts that Dean Jones would have been one of many “most sought after batsmen” if he have been to be a part of the T20 technology and known as him a participant nicely forward of his time. The 59-year-old former Australia batsman died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai resort on Thursday. He was in India as part of host broadcaster’s commentary panel. Tendulkar, who fondly remembers his on-field battles through the Australia tour of 1991-92, mentioned he can be glued to TV set as a younger cricketer when Jones batted. Such was his fearless model of play that he would have excelled in T20 cricket, feels the Indian legend.
“He would have been hundred percent one of the most popular T20 players without any doubt,” Tendulkar advised PTI throughout a dialog, his voice tinged with unhappiness.
“Had there been an auction, Deano would have been a player much in-demand. He was an innovative stroke player, a fantastic runner between the wickets and a brilliant fielder, everything that you require for T20s.”
Tendulkar believes that Jones’ high quality to improvise in ODIs would imply that he was conscious in regards to the calls for of the sport and performed as per the state of affairs.
“Since he was such a good ODI player, he would have adapted to the ever changing rules of T20 better. Cricket formats are dynamic and I believe he had that quality to evolve as per demands and would have made a terrific T20 player.”
Tendulkar remembered how Jones used to cost down the monitor to quick bowlers even within the mid and late 80’s when aggressive batting wasn’t precisely in vogue.
“Whatever cricket he played in the 80’s and early 90’s, he was ahead of his time. He would charge the fast bowlers and that was back in 80’s.
“We discuss improvements however keep in mind some photographs which might be being performed right now, the sooner generations have additionally performed, nicely earlier than even we began and Deano was one in all them,” he said.
He remembered the 1986 tied Test. He was 13 and a trainee at Ramakant Achrekar’s academy at Shivaji Park Gymkhana and how Jones’ 210 made all the youngsters interested about the Australian.
“I keep in mind I used to be 13 when tied Test occurred and he scored that double hundred.
“When I went to Australia for the first time in 91-92, they were a great team. There was David Boon, Geoff Marsh, Steve Waugh, Bruce Reid and Craig McDer mott but for us in the Indian team, there were two players we spoke about most– AB (skipper Allan Border) and Deano (Dean Jones).
“Literally No 1 and a pair of key gamers for us after which there was McDermott,” Tendulkar recollected.
The attribute of Jones that has always stayed with Tendulkar was his fearlessness while facing fast bowlers on bouncy tracks and at times without helmets.
“I loved watching him bat and at instances with out the helmet. What stood out was not simply his contributions for Australia however that he was an entertainer-par-excellence.
“You can’t deny that your eyeballs glued to the TV when Deano batted and you didn’t want to miss that chance.”
Tendulkar remembered how Jones scored a match-winning knock towards India in a 1992 World Cup sport in Brisbane and the way that loss harm.
“You never enjoyed when he scored against India and Brisbane game was one such game (Jones scored 90). And then, we were docked three overs and the run reduced from Australia’s total was one. Such a rule made it difficult for us,” Tendulkar remembered as if it was yesterday.
He finds it troublesome to imagine that Jones isn’t any extra.
“It’s a better pill to swallow. Whatever you say, it is a massive tragedy. My heart goes out to his friends and family. Just think of it, he was only 59 years old. He may have had so much to contribute. I pray for his departed soul,” Tendulkar concluded.
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