As cricketers got here to phrases with the loss, former batting legend Sachin Tendulkar talked to TimesofIndia.com whereas paying tribute to the previous Australian cricketer-turned-commentator.
“While I was rising up, I had seen Dean Jones bat on various events, however when I went to Australia in 1991, getting an opportunity to play against somebody whom you sort of grew up watching, I keep in mind there have been various gamers of their workforce like Allan Border, David Boon, Geoff Marsh, Bruce Reid, (Craig) McDermott. As a 13-year-old, 14-year-old child, I had watched all these bowlers, I had watched all of them, after which I was playing against them, the likes of Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, so Dean Jones was with none doubt a kind of guys I grew up watching, then to truly be playing against him was truly special. Australian workforce, I have gone on document saying that they’ve all the time been one of many hardest sides and presumably within the 90s if I need to say then the Australian workforce was the hardest aspect in cricket and he (Jones) was a part of it,” Tendulkar stated.
Dean Jones batting for Australia throughout their World Cup match against India on the Gabba in Brisbane, 1st March 1992. (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto by way of Getty Images)
Tendulkar stated that he admired Jones for playing fearlessly, including that Deano, as he was fondly referred to as by his buddies, performed some unimaginable knocks in his profession.
“It all the time appeared to me that Dean Jones was fearless, he was on the market to specific himself, he performed some unimaginable knocks in his profession and never simply in ODI cricket but additionally in Test cricket, in whichever format he performed. In these days there have been solely Test cricket and ODIs, however he was extraordinarily aggressive and fearless and his physique language conveyed numerous issues to the opposition. I admired him for that,” Tendulkar additional advised TimesofIndia.com.
Tendulkar made his worldwide debut in 1989, 5 years after Dean Jones first performed a world match for Australia.
Jones was a part of the 1987 World Cup profitable Australian workforce and likewise the 1989 Ashes profitable workforce. His type of play made him an inspiration for a lot of.
Dean Jones races to embrace workforce captain Allan Border after profitable the World Cup last in Calcutta on November 8, 1987. (AP Photo)
In 52 Tests, he scored 3631 runs, with 11 centuries. It was within the ODI format although that he actually shone. In 164 ODIs he made 6068 runs, with seven centuries.
It wasn’t simply his batting type and exploits although that made Jones a star. He was additionally a superb fielder.
“Even when it got here to fielding, I nonetheless keep in mind some unimaginable catches within the slip cordon that he (Dean Jones) has taken. If I am not mistaken, he took a blinder in Perth against us to dismiss Sanjay Manjrekar (off Merv Hughes), Dean Jones was actually up within the air similar to Jonty Rhodes, Jones was actually like that within the slip cordon taking that good catch,” Tendulkar recalled whereas speaking to TimesofIndia.com
Jones’ dying on Thursday despatched shockwaves throughout the worldwide cricketing fraternity. Sachin, who Jones, like the remainder of the cricketing world held in very excessive regard had tweeted about how shocked he was when he heard the information.
Absolutely heartbreaking information about Dean Jones passing away.A beautiful soul taken away too quickly. Had the opportun… https://t.co/68jopHOMkh
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1600945488000
“It is admittedly surprising. When I heard about it I could not imagine it. When such sort of info comes, you all the time really feel and solely hope that it is a hearsay and never true. I am actually actually unhappy to know and settle for that he’s no extra with us and it was actually a tough factor to swallow,” Tendulkar stated.