Happy Birthday, Jonty Rhodes!
Jonty Rhodes has played 245 ODIs for South Africa and has taken 105 catches © Getty Images
Jul 27, 2014
Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes was born on July 27, 1969. While cricket history is filled with great batsmen and bowlers, Rhodes etched his name as one of the greatest fielders. Photo Gallery of Jonty Rhodes career
Rhodes made his debut for South Africa against Australia in the Benson & Hedges World Cup in 1992. It was in this tournament Rhodes displayed an acrobatic run-out to dismiss Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan. Rhodes lunged himself on to the stumps. The image remained iconic even as Rhodes continued to pull off sensational catches at his favourite backward point field position. In November 1993, Rhodes took a record five catches at the Wankhede Stadium against West Indies. He was one of the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1999. Read the career profile of Jonty Rhodes here
Rhodes’ Test debut was against India in November 1992. He played 52 Tests for South Africa scoring 2,532 runs at an average of 35.66. He has played 245 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) scoring 5,935 runs and has taken 105 catches.
He gave up his international career after the 2003 World Cup. He had announced his retirement before the start of tournament, but it ended prematurely when he fractured his finger during a match. After retirement, he continued to play for Gloucestershire.
Rhodes remains a favourite candidate for stints as fielding coach. He has been a consultant/fielding coach for Pakistan, Kenya, South Africa and Mumbai Indians.