South Africa, Jonty Rhodes, Mumbai Indians, R Sridhar
Rhodes changed the idea of fielding in world cricket with his famous run out of Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 World Cup. @ AFP

Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes has applied for the position of India‘s fielding coach and is undoubtedly one of the biggest names to have applied for the job after the BCCI invited applications for the position of head coach and support staff for the Indian team.

“Yes, I have applied for the position of India’s new fielding coach. My wife and I love the country, and it has already given us so much — we have 2 children born in India,” Rhodes told CricketNext on Wednesday.

A senior BCCI functionary confirmed that Rhodes has applied for the position of fielding coach and while he hasn’t worked with any national team, he is eligible because he has coached Mumbai Indians (MI) for nine seasons.

“Yes, Rhodes has applied and while it is true that he hasn’t coached any international team, he has been involved with Mumbai Indians for nine seasons and as per the eligibility criteria, you need to have worked with an IPL team for three seasons if not an international team,” the functionary said.

Rhodes changed the idea of fielding in world cricket with his famous run out of Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 World Cup. (ALSO READ: Rhodes names THIS India player as the No.1 fielder of the modern era)

While the standards of Indian fielding has also improved in recent times, the functionary said that him working with Mumbai Indians means that he also understands the way Indian players function.

“I have spent 9 seasons as MI fielding coach based in Mumbai. I have seen incredible growth in athleticism and fielding ability in India over the past 5 years and really respect what has been achieved,” he added.

“I am a coach who loves coaching and let’s face it, the Indian cricket team is the busiest in the world, so great opportunity to be busy and doing what you love amongst players and a team that I really respect.”

R Sridhar is the current fielding coach and the Indian support staff has been given a 45-day extension after their contracts came to an end during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.