Four Sixes

Dean Jones, crick­eter, coach and now au­thor, on the gen­tle­man’s game, then and now

India Today - - LEISURE -

Q: I re­ally en­joyed Cricket Tips. But aren’t coach­ing man­u­als hope­lessly out­moded?

A: Out­moded? In what way? You tell me what coach­ing model has such gems from all the greats of the game. Q: Is cricket today still a fair con­test be­tween bat and ball (Given for ex­am­ple the size and weight of new bats)? A: Yes I do. The big­gest change in the game is the bet­ter pitches and the smaller grounds. Just look at the last IPL fi­nal... not many sixes were hit there. Q: In an era of ad­ven­tur­ous T20 stroke­mak­ing, why don’t bats­men dance down the pitch like Dean Jones did back in the day? A: At­ti­tudes to bat­ting have evolved. Play­ers use the depth of their crease and the bowlers’ pace more. Q: Vi­rat Kohli or Steve Smith? Or AB de Vil­liers? Why? A: Vi­rat for me... then day­light be­tween him and the next. I love his stroke­play and his charisma.

—with Ra­jesh Jha

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