Former Indian captain Kapil Dev recalled the gritty innings of late Australian cricketer Dean Jones played against India in 1986. Jones passed away yesterday (September 24) after sudden cardiac arrest. He had himself tweeted about that innings six days before his death where he mentioned that knock changed his life forever.
While talking to Sportskeeda, Kapil Dev expressed the grief of losing the cricketer and commentator Dean Jones, aged 59. He also said that the former cricketer was an interesting character.
“He was a character for sure. I am not saying this because he is no more with us. I have known him for a long time to be able to say this. He was an interesting character. So many people have come and gone. But Dean has gone too early. I am so sad about that,” Kapil Dev told Sportskeeda on Thursday evening.
Jones had played 52 Test matches scoring 3,631 runs at an average of 46.55. The batsman also had eleven Test centuries to his name. Apart from Tests, Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs at an average of 44.61, including seven centuries and 46 fifties. Kapil Dev stated that the former cricketer had made a notable contribution to take Australia forward in the cricket world.
“Dean has done a lot for Australia and cricket in general. He had dedicated his life to this game. This game will always be grateful to him. He was amazing,” Kapil said.
“Dean will be remembered as one of the members of the big league who have contributed to this game. His commitment to the game can be compared to the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Michael Holding, Tony Grieg, Richie Benaud and Clive Lloyd.”
Kapil Dev recalls Dean Jones’ fighting innings:
Dean Jones’s one of the famous knock was his double century in Chennai heat against India during one of the Test matches of the 1986 series. After that innings, he was dehydrated and could barely stand up midway through the innings. He was also hospitalised soon after he was dismissed. Kapil Dev, who also scored a century in that match, recalled that he only remembered that Dean wasn’t well but he kept going on and scored the double century.
“All I remember is that Dean wasn’t well. He was vomiting and he made a double century,” Kapil Dev said.
This Test was the Renaissance for Australian cricket. It was our Mt Everest moment. Under AB we started to believe that we can compete against the best. Great friendships started with the Indians. Our Journey had just begun! #TiedTest #Chennai pic.twitter.com/40Zg1hr0sX
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) September 19, 2020
Dean Jones died in a Mumbai hotel. Star Sports had signed him up for the off tube commentary for which he was in Mumbai.