Ravi Shastri: Dean Jones was ahead of his time in the 50-over format | Cricket News
Talking to TOI on Thursday night, simply hours after the previous Australian cricketer passed on to the great beyond, Shastri conveyed his condolences. “In point of fact surprising to lose a colleague and an expensive buddy. Long past so younger. It is very unhappy that he needed to move away in my town, and at a time once I could not even meet him. I am very sorry for Jane (his spouse) and the children,” he mentioned.
ONE-DAY WONDER: Dean Jones blazes away in nation colors in March, 1992 in Australia. (Getty Pictures)
Shastri recalls Jones as a laugh-a-minute colleague, with an excellent sense of humour and nice amusing to paintings with. “With him round, there was once electrical energy. Always I have identified him, he was once a livewire. I am 58, he was once 59, and I have identified him since 1986 – that is nearly 35 years. I will be able to by no means disregard him internet hosting me at his house for the Christmas-day lunch all over the 2003-04 India excursion of Australia,” the India trainer mentioned.
Within the mid and overdue 80s, Shastri mentioned, “Dean Jones was once the most effective One-day batsmen on the planet, on par with Viv (Richards) and Javed (Miandad)”.
Calling him a “terrific entertainer” in white ball cricket all over his time, Shastri mentioned, “He was once forward of his time within the 50-over layout, had an attacking taste, his working between the wickets was once superb and he was once proper there on the most sensible.”
Shastri and Jones first performed Check cricket towards every different when India toured Australia in 1985-86 for a three-Check collection adopted via Australia traveling India quickly thereafter.
“His 210 at Chepauk, struggling with the warmth and humidity, was once an exemplary effort. In my view, it ranks because the second-best innings ever performed via an out of the country Check batsman in India, after Kevin Pietersen‘s Wankhede innings in 2012,” Shastri mentioned.