One of world cricket's best fielders Jonty Rhodes turned 50 on Saturday. Rhodes in his prime had revolutionised fielding and took it to the next level. Just recently, he had thrown his lot in for the Team India's fielding coach's position, making him one of the most high profile candidates to have applied for the post as part of the BCCI's open post-World Cup process.
As Rhodes celebrates the golden jubilee of his life, he had wishes pouring in from all corners. The governing body of world cricket, International Cricket Council (ICC) came forward to wish him and also termed the South African as perhaps the greatest fielder cricket has ever known.
Read ICC's tweet here:
Even the fans joined ICC in wishing the former world-class fielder.
Jonty Rhodes made his debut in 1992 and bid adieu to the game in 2003. In his 11-year illustrious career, he played 52 Tests and 245 One Day Internationals for the Proteas.
More than his batting or bowling, Rhodes was known for his athletic fielding. As per reports, he had effected the ninth-highest number of run-outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the third-highest success rate.
He called it a day after his participation in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 was cut short as he broke his hand while fielding against Kenya and could take no further part in the tournament. Nonetheless, South Africa had a forgettable campaign as they failed to progress beyond the group stages.
Apart from cricket, Jonty Rhodes has also played hockey. In fact, at the professional level.
Rhodes was a part of the South African hockey squad for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Unfortunately, the squad failed to qualify for the tournament. However, he got his chance four years later in Atlanta but a hamstring injury ruled him out as he could not make it to the trials.