The 59-year-old former Australia batsman died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai resort on Thursday. He was in India as part of the host broadcaster’s commentary panel.
Tendulkar, who fondly remembers his on-field battles throughout the Australia tour of 1991-92, mentioned he could be glued to the TV set as a younger cricketer when Jones batted.
Such was his fearless type of play that he would have excelled in T20 cricket, feels the Indian legend.
“He would have been hundred p.c one of the crucial standard T20 gamers with none doubt,” Tendulkar informed PTI throughout a dialog, his voice tinged with unhappiness.
“Had there been an public sale, Deano would have been a participant a lot in-demand. He was an revolutionary stroke participant, a improbable runner between the wickets and an excellent fielder, the whole lot that you simply 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 an excellent ODI participant, he would have tailored to the ever altering guidelines of T20 higher. Cricket codecs are dynamic and I imagine he had that high quality to evolve as per calls for and would have made a terrific T20 participant.”
Tendulkar remembered how Jones used to cost down the monitor to quick bowlers even within the mid and late 80’s when aggressive batting wasn’t precisely in vogue.
“No matter 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 within the 80’s.
“We speak about improvements however bear in mind some photographs which are being performed at present, the sooner generations have additionally performed, nicely earlier than even we began and Deano was certainly one of them,” he mentioned.
He remembered the 1986 tied Take a look at. 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 Take a look at occurred and he scored that double hundred.
“After I went to Australia for the primary time in 91-92, they have been a fantastic group. There was David Boon, Geoff Marsh, Steve Waugh, Bruce Reid and Craig McDer mott however for us within the Indian group, there have been two gamers we spoke about most– AB (skipper Allan Border) and Deano (Dean Jones).
“Actually No 1 and a couple of key gamers for us after which there was McDermott,” Tendulkar recollected.
The attribute of Jones that has at all times 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 possibly can’t deny that your eyeballs glued to the TV when Deano batted and also you did not need to miss that likelihood.”
Tendulkar remembered how Jones scored a match-winning knock towards India in a 1992 World Cup recreation in Brisbane and the way that loss damage.
“You by no means loved when he scored towards India and Brisbane recreation was one such recreation (Jones scored 90). After which, we have been docked three overs and the run decreased from Australia’s complete was one. Such a rule made it tough for us,” Tendulkar remembered as if it was yesterday.
He finds it tough to imagine that Jones is not any extra.
“It is a greater tablet to swallow. No matter you say, it’s a large tragedy. My coronary heart goes out to his family and friends. Simply consider it, he was solely 59 years outdated. He might have had a lot to contribute. I pray for his departed soul,” Tendulkar concluded.