Thursday was a day of great loss for the world of cricket. Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones lost his life on Thursday due to a cardiac arrest in Mumbai and left the world of cricket in great shock and sense of loss. Many cricketers and fans are mourning his death across the world and Sachin Tendulkar is no different from them. In fact, he is mourning Jones’ death more than other fans as he had the opportunity to grow up with the kind of game he played and then he actually got a chance to play against the legendary cricketer. After his demise, Sachin got into a conversation and paid tribute to the player who is going to be deeply missed by the world.
GREW UP WATCHING DEAN JONES BAT
Sachin opened up about his childhood and told how his childhood is filled with the memories of him watching Dean Jones along with his fellow team members on the screen. Then came the time when he got to stand against the same Australian team he had watched on television. In 1991, Sachin was the part of the team that faced Australia and he saw Dean Jones and the other members of the Team Australia. Sachin said, “Dean Jones was without any doubt was one of those guys I grew up watching, then to actually be playing against him was truly special.” The cricketer who is referred to as the God of Cricket emphasized on the fact how Australia always has been one of the strongest teams. Especially, in the 90s Australia was the “toughest side in cricket”
ADMIRATION FOR “DEANO”
Sachin told during his interview that he has deep regard for Dean Jones or “Deano” as he was referred to by his friends. According to Sachin, Deano played fearless game. It was the time of Test cricket and One Day International matches but the format of the game did not make any difference to Jones’ batting style. He was fearless and aggressive on the field. He conveyed a lot of things with his body language and this what Sachin still admires the former player.
Dean Jones, in his long cricket career played 54 Test matches and 164 ODIs. Though he did great in the Test cricket but actually came to limelight with his performance in ODIs. He made 3631 and 6068 runs respectively in the two formats. Sachin is not a fan of Jones because of his batting style only but he says that he was an amazing fielder. Sachin shares an anecdote from the ground of Perth which shows his deep admiration for the late cricketer. Sachin said, “He took a blinder against us in Perth to dismiss Sanjay Manjrekar, Dean Jones was literally up in the air,”.
After his sad demise Sachin took to Twitter to express his admiration and sorrow over the sudden death of the legendary player. He posted a picture of Jones and wrote, “Absolutely heartbreaking news over 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.”