The 59-year-old former Australia batsman died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai resort on Thursday (September 24). 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, stated he can be glued to TV set as a younger cricketer when Jones batted.
Such was his fearless fashion 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 informed PTI throughout a dialog, his voice tinged with disappointment.
“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 observe to quick bowlers even within the mid and late 80”s when aggressive batting wasn’t precisely in vogue.
“Whatever cricket he performed within the 80’s and early 90’s, he was forward of his time. He would cost the quick bowlers and that was again in 80’s.
“We speak about improvements however bear in mind some photographs which might be being performed in the present day, the sooner generations have additionally performed, properly earlier than even we began and Deano was certainly one of them,” he stated.
He remembered the 1986 tied Test. He was 13 and a trainee at Ramakant Achrekar’s academy at Shivaji Park Gymkhana and the way Jones’ 210 made all the children in regards to the Australian.
“I bear in mind I used to be 13 when tied Test occurred and he scored that double hundred.
“When I went to Australia for the primary time in 91-92, they had been a terrific crew. There was David Boon, Geoff Marsh, Steve Waugh, Bruce Reid and Craig McDer mott however for us within the Indian crew, there have been two gamers we spoke about most– AB (skipper Allan Border) and Deano (Dean Jones).
“Literally No 1 and a couple of key gamers for us after which there was McDermott,” Tendulkar recollected.
The attribute of Jones that has all the time stayed with Tendulkar was his fearlessness whereas going through quick bowlers on bouncy tracks and at occasions with out helmets.
“I loved watching him bat and at occasions 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 is not any extra.
“It’s a greater capsule to swallow. Whatever you say, it’s a huge tragedy. My coronary heart goes out to his family and friends. Just consider it, he was solely 59 years previous.
“He could have had a lot to contribute. I pray for his departed soul,” Tendulkar concluded.
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