No overseas cricketer has visited India as many instances as former Australian batting mainstay Dean Jones – greater than 100 instances – such was his reference to this nation, stated legendary Kapil Dev, whereas recalling his “35-year lengthy affiliation” with one among his closest mates who handed away on Thursday.
Jones, 59, collapsed and died following a cardiac arrest in a Mumbai resort the place he was staying throughout an task with the official broadcaster of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was his normal jovial self on Thursday morning, however by the afternoon, he was gone. His fellow Australian Brett Lee tried to revive him, however couldn’t.
“Deano was fairly an expensive good friend of mine and I used to be shocked to listen to the information of his passing away. I really feel fairly unhappy and sorry for his household. You’re going to miss him, however his household goes to endure probably the most. I knew him for about 35 years,” Kapil, who first performed in opposition to Jones throughout the 1985 World Championship of Cricket in Australia, instructed IANS.
“He was an awesome cricketer and the most effective athletes. He was a grasp at working between the wickets. He was additionally an awesome commentator and had an exquisite sense of humour,” stated the 1983 World Cup-winning captain.
Kapil additionally identified that due to his shut reference to Jones individually and likewise due to the Aussie’s skilled work in India, he visited this nation many instances.
“No different overseas cricketer has maybe travelled to India as many instances as Deano. He would have visited India greater than 100 instances. However now he’s gone; he was not even 60 years previous. Even Malcolm Marshall handed away fairly younger [aged 41 years 200 days in November 1999],” he rued.
Kapil bowled to Jones in 20 ODI innings and dismissed him 4 instances – twice bowled and as many instances had him caught – and in 15 Take a look at innings, the Indian ‘Sultan of Swing’ bought him out twice.
Another reason for Jones to like India was that he scored his first Take a look at century – it was really a wonderful double century within the testing circumstances of Madras – in India in September 1986. It was solely his third Take a look at and fifth innings. After his eight-and-a-half hours innings in scorching and humid circumstances, throughout which he bought dehydrated and vomited, he was taken to a hospital and was placed on a saline drip. The Take a look at on the Chepauk resulted in a tie, solely the second such end result until date.
“A day that modified my life eternally,” Jones tweeted on September 19, on the 34th anniversary of the tied Take a look at. One other tweet learn: “This Take a look at was the renaissance for Australian cricket. It was our Mt Everest second. Underneath AB [Allan Border] we began to imagine that we will compete in opposition to one of the best. Nice friendships began with the Indians. Our journey had simply begun!”
After his retirement, Jones began working with Indian TV channels and broadcasters. Someplace alongside the road, he was nicknamed ‘Professor Deano’ and he named his Twitter deal with @ProfDeano.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar recalled as soon as enjoying alongside Jones. “He was a really good and jovial individual. I used to be shocked once I heard this information. In fact, we performed in opposition to one another, representing India and Australia. We additionally performed collectively as soon as. It was one of many three matches performed earlier than the principle five-day sport between the Marylebone Cricket Membership and a Remainder of the World XI at Lord’s, London. In that World XI-Gloucestershire sport in Bristol, Deano and I had a 200-odd-run partnership. I scored 171 and he scored 70-odd in that match,” Vengsarkar instructed IANS.
Jones was working for the official broadcaster of the IPL and was staying in Mumbai.