30 October, 2020

‘T20 Has Changed Fielding; Now You Have To Defend Boundaries’

Jonty Rhodes continues to remain the barometer for fielding standards. Now the fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab, Rhodes talks about cricket, wellness, evils of society and his upcoming Swedish adventure.

For the diverse inspiration Jonty Rhodes with his daughter, India, during one of his visits to the country
Photograph by Jonty Rhodes
‘T20 Has Changed Fielding; Now You Have To Defend Boundaries’
outlookindia.com
2020-10-09T14:03:39+05:30

If there was a brand equity attached to each of the three departments of cricket, Jonty Rhodes would unquestionably walk away with the fielding honours. Ever since he flew like a bird from backward point to spectacularly run out Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq in a 1992 World Cup match in Brisbane, Rhodes continues to remain the barometer for fielding standards. The 51-year-old is now the fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab. A quintessential journeyman, Rhodes relationship with India is unique. Snowboarding in Kashmir, house-boating in Kerala, surfing in the Bay of Bengal or enchanted by the goodness of Ayurveda and yoga, Rhodes middle name could well have been ‘India.’ Indeed, he named his daughter thus. In a freewheeling interview from Dubai with Soumitra Bose, Rhodes spoke about cricket, wellness, evils of society and his upcoming Swedish adventure. Excerpts.

Outlook: Jonty, you are such a multi-faceted person—cricketer, business banker, tourism ambassador, wellness spokesman, surfing...

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