Dan Jones, who is always in a hurry

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On the evening of September 24, it was reported that Dean Marvin Jones, who had been a prominent part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) since its inception, had died in Mumbai of a heart attack. It was a news that shocked everyone.

The shock to the world of cricket is also understandable as the 59-year-old former Australian batsman has never heard of any serious illness in the past.

Dan Jones was born in Melbourne, a suburb of Coburg. He has always played as a top-order batsman in the Australian team. He was said to have rendered distinguished services to his country, but only 10 years later, his sudden retirement drew mixed reactions.

When he started playing first-class for Victoria, he qualified for the tour of the West Indies in just 3 years, at a time when the host team was in control.

Alan Border, who has always been credible, who later led the Australian team and Jones played under him, was the only shining star on the tour.

The fate of the Australian team changed as soon as Jones, who was called Dino by his teammates, arrived. At a time when the West Indies were dominant in world cricket and their fast bowlers were causing embarrassment and injury to their opponents, El Border needed a player like Dan Jones.

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If we talk about one-day cricket, then Kerry Packer’s passion for colorful clothes and white ball had already started a revolution there and thus the cricket played at night gradually started to impress the fans.

Jones was later renamed “Professor Dino.” He was given the name after saying goodbye to the game in the 90’s because of his role as a coach and as a broadcaster for his polite words and intelligence.

But long before that, he was known as a game changer in the 50 overs game. It was a time when there were very few batsmen who played fast bowlers openly, and Jones was one of them. He faced the bowlers without any fear and fired big shots, and as time went on, his ability became more visible.

When Australia emerged as the World Cup winners on Indian soil in the first World Cup held outside England in 1987, it was just as shocking as India’s victory over the West Indies in June 1983, exactly four years ago. I wanted to be a champion. The key to this Australian victory was played by Dan Jones, who paved the way for future victories.

Jones’ most important feature in this game was his quick runs between the wickets and his strong fielding at the boundary line. Jones and Steve Waugh became such a strong pair, as they were both considered to be fast bowlers. Sometimes he would even take runs when he could not even imagine and thus the players of the opposing team would get confused. They both deal with their confidence as they choose to embark on their play activities.

It is understandable that Jones was not a player of ordinary ability. He is credited with changing the mood of 50 overs cricket, and if he had been playing T20 cricket, he would have done something new in this short format, exactly to the best of his ability.

The Test match played at the Chapak Stadium in Madras (Chennai) in 1986 was a testament to Dan Jones’ tremendous courage and great enthusiasm. It was just the second Test match in the history of cricket to be played at a temperature of 42 degrees. Dan Jones, who batted for two consecutive days, was so dehydrated at one point that he fell on the pitch. But he bravely persevered on the crease for 500 minutes and played a brilliant innings of 210 runs. Immediately after the inning, Jones was taken to a hospital where he was given a drip.

For many, it may come as a surprise that Jones played a 48-run innings in the first innings of his career against the strong West Indies at the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain. Then in 1990 against New Zealand in Eden Park, Auckland, he scored an unbeaten 100 off just 90 balls. He also surpassed Sir Richard Headley in this innings who played the best innings of his career in this match.

At the height of his career, Jones’ decision to retire was as quick as his batting. Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia, scoring nearly 10,000 runs. His Test career also included two double centuries.

It was a decision that shocked many and made them wonder how it all happened. The point is that in the 1994 tour of South Africa, Australia managed to level the series by defeating South Africa in the final of the eight-match long series. But Jones became angry when Mark Taylor and David Bone were given priority. “Are you trying to say you’re a better player than I am?” Really? “Okay, that’s enough. I’ve done my job.” And so Dean Jones announced his immediate retirement.

Jones’ career has been marked by controversy. The most controversial of these was when he passed remarks on Barish Hashim Amla. This was in 2006 when the South African team was on a tour of Sri Lanka and during a match when Hashim Amla was caught, Jones said, “The terrorist got another wicket.” It was a sentence that Dunn Jones endured for a long time and regretted. Dean Jones then had to deal with this when Ten Sports terminated his contract.

Dan Jones was often seen in a two-piece suit at the dugout (photo credit: Instagram)

Earlier, in 1993, during his career, he objected to Kirtley Ambrose’s bowling with a band on his wrist and called for the band to be forcibly removed, citing racially motivated demands. given. Angered by Jones’ request, Ambrose took 5 wickets in the match and led his team to victory. But Jones has never been accused of racism because he has established good and friendly relations around the world.

When Jones’ career ended as a player, he made coaching an important part of his life. Incumbent Australian head coach Justin Langer reveals that he was almost successful in his attempt to bring Dean Jones as a mentor to improve the Australian team’s performance in the T20 format.

By the way, several T20 league franchises around the world wanted to keep Dean Jones with them, but since 2009, their loving relationship with Pakistan was beyond any doubt. Whenever he had an opportunity to return to cricket in Pakistan, he would express his views without hesitation.

Dean Jones, who spent four years with two-time PSL winners Islamabad United, presented himself as something different from other coaches because he was often seen wearing a two-piece suit in the dugout. Then when he joined Karachi as a coach this year after Mickey Arthur, his tradition continued here. But it will definitely be bad news for the Karachi Kings that they will not have Dan Jones and his famous notebook in next month’s playoffs.

Dan Jones was often seen in a two-piece suit at the dugout

Whenever Jones was asked to compare different T20 leagues, he took a diplomatic approach and did not give a clear answer. When asked earlier this year to compare the PSL and the Indian Premier League (IPL), he said, “The IPL is better if compared between the two, but he also said That is the best bowling in the PSL. Then when asked to compare these two subcontinental leagues with the Australian Big Bash League, he lightly said that Big Bash has a different place than other leagues.

Although Jones’ cricket career ended prematurely at the age of 33, he remained popular for another 26 years, for a reason.

The people who have worked with Dan Jones can never describe how enthusiastic and passionate he was. There is no doubt that he was connected to the people in the spirit of human compassion. She tried to raise funds in March 2019 for the newborn daughter of Pakistani cricketer Asif Ali, who was diagnosed with cancer, but unfortunately died later. In a press briefing, he became obsessed with talking about the health of Asif Ali’s daughter.

Dan Jones’ cricketing legacy is amazing, and he bows only to his great personality and excellent human qualities.