Jonty Rhodes names his daughter ‘India’

April 24, 2015 marked the 42nd birthday of the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. It was also a day to remember for former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes, whose wife gave birth to a baby girl.

The new-born was named ‘India’ by Rhodes, who has enjoyed a large Indian fan base after getting associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI). But what astonished everyone was the name he gave to his child. Rhodes, who has spent a long time in India, explained about the nation’s culture and heritage which made him name his daughter.

Dairy brand Amul thus came with a caricature, which features the South African with his wife Melanie Jeanne and daughter India. The headline reads, ‘Kehte hai inhe pyaar se Indiawale’, which refers to Rhodes’s love for India and secret behind his baby girl’s name.