Jonty Rhodes, Virat Kohli compliment ball boy Aayush for his stunning catch

Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes, known for his acrobatic fielding, praised a 14-year ball boy Aayush Zimre who took a one-handed catch while sitting near the boundary in the first ODI between India and New Zealand on Sunday.

“Even the ball boys in Mumbai are brilliant catchers #whatacatch,” tweeted Rhodes after witnessing the ball boy’s catch.

It was in the 25th over of the Indian innings when Kiwi bowler Adam Milne put up a short length delivery, which Virat Kohli sent flying for a six.

That is when the boy displayed amazing agility and took a single-handed catch, garnering applause from the crowd.

Ayush is a budding cricketer and is one of the probables of the Under 16 Mumbai team. He is a left-arm spinner and a middle order batsman. He represented Mumbai in an Under 14 tournament last year and claimed 19 wickets.

As Aayush took a stunning catch beyond the ropes, he received a compliment from none other but the Indian skipper Virat Kohli himself. He said, “His (Virat Kohli) was the best compliment for me.”

Under-14-ball-boy Aayush

Later, the young boy was also appreciated by New Zealand players Colin Munro, Tom Bruce and also by a member of supporting staff.

Aayush’s father Nishigandh was extremely happy and proud of his son and was quoted as saying, “During his last match as a ball boy, only three to four balls came his way. I appreciate the fact that he kept his cricketing basics in mind and took this catch which was out of reach.”

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