Jonty Rhodes India’s next fielding coach? South African legend has big plans

first_imgJonty Rhodes India’s next fielding coach? South African legend has big plansJonty Rhodes has applied for the position of India’s fielding coach and the former South African cricketer said he wants Indian fielding to touch new highs.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 24, 2019 19:18 IST Jonty Rhodes is interested in becoming India’s fielding coach (IANS Photo)Jonty Rhodes, one of the greatest fielders in the history of cricket, has applied to become India’s next fielding coach. Rhodes confirmed to India Today he has indeed thrown his hat in the ring.Indian fielding standards have gone up over the decades but Jonty Rhodes is keen to help the side improve their catching especially on overseas tours.An outstanding fielder, Rhodes was innovative with the bat and deployed the reverse sweep at a time when most batsmen still stuck to conventional stroke-making.Speaking to India Today, Rhodes said he wants India’s fielding to complement the batting and bowling depths: “I have great respect for what they have achieved over the past three years. But I don’t want them to just be the team with the lowest drop-catch percentage, also the team who takes the most half-chances.”R Sridhar, sources suggest, could be nearing the end of his tenure as India’s fielding coach after 5 years.In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Ravindra Jadeja was the only outstanding Indian fielder on display. Vijay Shankar is another major asset but then he was ruled out of the tournament with an injury.Virat Kohli, the India skipper, often mans the boundary in the death overs due to lack of athletic fielders with good throwing arms in the playing XI.Jonty Rhodes was one of the most popular cricketers in the world back in the 1990s. He is best remembered for his sensational run out of Inzamam ul Haq in the 1992 World Cup – his sterling effort earned him the moniker of “Flying Jonty”advertisementRhodes spent 9 years as fielding coach of 4-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians and has also spent some time with the South African cricket team and a few Associate nations.Also Read | England blown away for their shortest Test innings by newcomers IrelandAlso Read | Virat Kohli ahead of Conor McGregor, Mohamed Salah in Instagram Rich ListFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Team IndiaFollow Jonty RhodesFollow Virat Kohlilast_img

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