The Indian cricket team is currently performing extremely well across all three formats. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that any coach of the team is a #1 player as well. Now, anyone who is a true cricket fan will know the name Jonty Rhodes. He is the South African fielder with exceptional skills and talent.
Jonty Rhodes is the one player who receives abundant credit for highlightzing an important factor of cricket. This factor is not the usual batting or bowling but is the fielding aspect of cricket. In all honestly, the fact that he is regarded as the greatest fielder of all-time is rightfully deserved by him.
Interestingly, Rhodes made an application for the role of fielding coach for the Indian team last year. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful in his attempt as he could not even make it to the interviews. The position was eventually given to R. Sridhar. Abhay Sharma and T Dilip finished 2nd and 3rd.
When the panel was question regarding their choice of selection, the MSK Prasad led selection panel said that according to them Rhodes is not the right fit for the team even at the number 2 or number 3 level.
“We don’t see Jonty (Rhodes) fitting in there (choice Nos 2 and 3) because those roles are more for India A level and NCA.”
On the other hand, when Jonty Rhodes was approached by a fan on social media regarding his rejection, his response was completely different than that of the selection panel’s. The veteran player responded to that question by saying that the selection panel said “no thanks”.
It seems as though the fans of the Indian team are not happy with this decision.
Looking back at the on-field legacy left behind by Rhodes, a particular moment highlights his immense talent as a fielder. This moment is the dismissal of Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 World Cup. Rhodes dismissed the player by diving straight into the stumps with ball in hand. The image of that exact moment is still making rounds of social media whenever the topic of great cricket moments surface.
Jonty Rhodes did put forward his views about the selection process. He believes that when it is about the interview, R. Sridhar must have done a better job than him to land the position of the fielding coach.