Jonty Rhodes explains the reason behind naming his daughter, ‘India’

Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes is a worldwide known figure and has enjoyed a lot of fan following throughout his playing career. He has been associated with Mumbai Indians (MI) as the fielding coach for a long time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and as a result he spends a lot of time in the country.


Two days back, Rhodes’ wife Melanie Jeanne gave birth to a baby girl in a Santa Cruz hospital in Mumbai. The couple then decided to name their daughter ‘India’ which came as a pleasant surprise to most of his fans in the country. It was so well received that it became a national trend on Twitter. Finally, the South African chose to explain why he decided that.


“I have spent a lot of time here. What I love about India is that it’s a rich mix of culture, heritage and tradition. It is a very spiritual country, very forward-thinking nation. I really like that combination. You have to have a good balance of life,” Rhodes said in a report from Mid-Day.


“With the name like India, she will have the best of both worlds and that sort of balance,” he added.


Rhodes’s wife Melanie delivered the baby through water, the baby weighed 3.7 kg.


“What we really like about India is that every day we discover something new about this country. As people, we like discovering things about yourself and that’s hopefully what she [the baby] will also discover,” the 45-year old said.


“She really enjoys coming to India. She’s learnt yoga. She loves the fact that you can go from mountains to oceans… there is a lot of diversity (in India). So, we weren’t really concerned [about naming her India],” Rhodes added saying that his wife had no problems in naming their daughter India.


This is not the first time that a child has been named after a nation. Legendary cricketer Brian Lara named her daughter Sydney after scoring his first Test century in the Australian city, while former New Zealand pacer Dion Nash also named his daughter India.


“So, we are not the first ones. In fact, there are some kids in South Africa (too) named India. But I have my reasons to give her this name. It’s more to do with the cultural and traditional diversities of India,” Rhodes concluded.