It is no hidden fact that India holds a special place in Jonty Rhodes' heart. So much so that he has even named his daughter India. But now if recent events suggest anything, it seems that the former South African cricketer just can't get enough of the country.
Apart from his extraordinary fielding skills, Jonty Rhodes is also known to have a witty sense of humor. The talismanic cricketer who is believed to be very active on social media, recently gave a brilliant response when his love for India was questioned by former Australian cricketer Dean Jones.
The Professor, as the Australian is fondly called, in his latest Twitter post could be seen giving advice about South-Indian food options that Jonty Rhodes should consider. Dean Jones posted a picture of the popular South-Indian dish, Masala Dosa, while the caption read: @JontyRhodes8 this is the best breakfast In Chennai young man!
However, Jonty Rhodes didn't hold back as he posted a picture of himself enjoying a hearty South Indian Veg Thali with the caption: "I see your breakfast @ProfDeano and raise u a Veg Thali lunch."
From snacks to mains to dessert - A typical Indian thali makes for a wholesome experience. While conceding that no Indian meal can top the thali, Dean Jones replied back: You win!!.
However, this is the first time that Jonty Rhodes has won his fans over the internet with his incredible sense of humor. The former South African decided to poke fun at Mathew Hayden, who suffered fatal injuries to his neck and face while surfing.
While many cricketers wished the Australian cricketer for his speedy recovery, Jonty Rhodes seems to have found the funny side to this incident. The talismanic cricketer went on to compare the abrasions on his Hayden's head to the coast of Tamil Nadu.
With Jonty Rhodes' admiration for India is quite evident. The South African was last year made the mentor of Tamil Nadu Premier League side Trichy Warriors and is also the fielding coach of Indian Super League outfit Mumbai Indians. Thanks to all of this the cricketer is visiting the country more frequently than ever and that explains his love for India.