Whenever a cricket fan is asked about his all-time favourite fielder, no doubt the name of Jonty Rhodes will come to his mouth. No one from the cricketing fraternity has forgot Rhodes’ flying gesture to run-out Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq in a World Cup match in 1992.
Jonty has left cricket many years ago, but still the 49-year-old remains a benchmark of fielding in modern-day cricket. Rhodes played his last international during South Africa’s disappointing 2003 World Cup campaign on home soil. Currently he works as a fielding coach and mentor.
Jonty was recently asked to list five of his all-time favourite fielders. His list included two players from his own country South Africa. The other three are from Australia, England and India. In fact he ranked the Indian as his most favourite.
Rhodes revealed his choices in a video shared by International Cricket Council on Twitter. Rhodes started by saying, “In the modern era, there really have been some great fielders.”
Then he named Andrew Symonds as his No. 5 and said that the Aussie fielded well both in and out of the circle. Rhodes added a pinch of modesty saying that during his time he only fielded inside the circle.
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Rhodes then picked his former teammate Herschelle Gibbsat No. 4. He called the former Proteas batsman as an “incredible fielder”. Rhodes added that he felt great while fielding with Gibbs at backward point.
Rhodes then named former England captain Paul Collingwood as his No. 3. He also said that there is a similarity between him and Paul. This is because both of them fielded in a similar position.
Rhodes next favourite and No. 2 is AB de Villiers. The Superman of cricket retired only last year. Rhodes revealed that while working as South Africa’s fielding coach, he would get upset to see ABD playing as a wicketkeeper. This is because he believed that ABD was a good fielder.
Rhodes then picked Indian cricketer Suresh Raina as his No. 1 choice. He also revealed that he himself is a huge fan of Raina. This is because Raina never hesitates to dive even in rough Indian condtions. Rhodes believes this made Raina special and also the fact that Raina can field well in all positions.