India had a surprising exclusion in the recently concluded ICC World Cup semi-finals where they lost to New Zealand by 18 runs. However, a review was about to take place but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. On the other hand, the tenure of the Indian Cricket Team’s coaching staff has come to an end. Their contract will end after the West Indies tour. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already started accepting applications for the various posts and former South African cricketer and Mumbai Indians coach Jonty Rhodes has confirmed CricketNext about his application for the fielding coach.
Jonty Rhodes is considered as one of the best fielders in World Cricket has ever produced. His guidance can certainly help India and it will upgrade the level as well. He has previously associated with the same position with the Mumbai Indians for nine seasons in the Indian Premier League.
Jonty Rhodes said to CricketNext, “Yes, I have applied for the position of India’s new fielding coach. My wife and I love the country, and it has already given us so much — we have 2 children born in India. I have spent 9 seasons as MI fielding coach based in Mumbai. I have seen incredible growth in athleticism and fielding ability in India over the past 5 years and really respect what has been achieved.”
His tenure ended in 2017 with the Mumbai Indians and he has spent time focusing on developing the grassroots level.
“I like to think there are a few elements that I can add to what they have already achieved. I have spent two years away from high performance coaching and have spent most of my time focusing on development and grassroots coaching. I am a coach who loves coaching and let’s face it, the Indian cricket team is the busiest in the world, so great opportunity to be busy and doing what you love amongst players and a team that I really respect,” he added.
“I have seen from my time in India that parents don’t let their children take much risk, and my vision would be for the Indian team not to just be the team with lowest drop catch percentage, but also the team with highest half-chance opportunity taken!” said Jonty Rhodes who will replace R Sridhar if selected as India’s fielding coach.