Really respect what India has achieved in the past five years: Jonty Rhodes

Former South Africa international Jonty Rhodes, who has shown interest to become Indian cricket team’s next fielding coach, has said that he respects the incredible growth in athleticism and fielding ability in India over the past 5 years.

“I have spent 9 seasons as MI (Mumbai Indians) 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,” said Rhodes.

“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,” he went on to add.  ALSO READ: Jonty Rhodes applies for position of India’s fielding coach

Rhodes has applied for the position of India‘s fielding coach 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.

Rhodes changed the idea of fielding in world cricket with his famous run out of Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 World Cup.

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.

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.