Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes is undoubtedly one of the greatest fielders the game has ever produced. He wrote new definitions with his spine-tingling efforts in the outfield. His diving run-outs and acrobatic catches have always galvanized fans. One can’t forget the incident when the Proteas star ran Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq out during the 1992 World Cup.
After retiring from the international cricket, Jonty now assists various teams as a fielding coach. He has worked with the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) for nine seasons. In the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league, Jonty will join Kings XI Punjab.
Being considered as the best in the game, Jonty was recently asked about his favorite fielder by a Twitter user, and the South African took as many as seven names.
“@JontyRhodes8 sir. Who is your favorite fielder?,” asked a Twitter user.
Who is your favourite fielder ?
— Nitin Rawat🇮🇳 (@Rawat_Nitin7) January 25, 2020
In reply, the 50-year-old took names of Herschelle Gibbs, Ricky Ponting, AB de Villiers, Suresh Raina, Martin Guptill, Kieron Pollard, and Ravindra Jadeja.
“@hershybru @RickyPonting @ABdeVilliers17 @ImRaina @Martyguptill @KieronPollard55 @imjadeja to name a few,” tweeted Jonty.
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) January 25, 2020
Jonty played 52 Tests and 245 ODI games, in which the right-hander scored 2532 and 5935 runs. He took 139 international catches. Without any surprises, Jonty sits at the second place in ‘fielders affected most run-outs in international cricket’ list.
In 297 matches, Jonty affected 68 run-outs. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting tops the list with 80 run-outs.