Jonty Rhodes…why is he a legend!!

Posted: August 10, 2012 in Cricket
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Think of any good batsmen…Tendulkar/Dravid/ Lara  flashes up

Think of any good bowler..Akram/Lee/ Warne etc  flashes up

Think of any best fielder…ONLY Jhonty Rhodes would flash up

This is what this man has done to the game! If some one fields brilliantly..people can only say he did a La Jhonty Rhodes

He has turned out to be the epitome of brilliant  fielding.

Yes…We do have brilliant fielders in this present era,but none of them is able to reach the legacy of this man. All they could,was  come near to  his heroics on the field but never match or surpass it  or match his viberance
There comes a Bradman..then comes Tendulkar to better him. There comes a Richard Hardley..then comes Murlidharan/Shane/Kumble/Akram/ to better him.
There comes a Jhonty Rhodes…then ..well…aahhh…to better him!!!??

He single handly raised the fielding standards for the entire world and proved how vitally fielding can change the game. He is Demi-God for all the cricketers, who take their filelding seriously.

The point position in the field placement, can replaced by the term Jonty position.

Our own experiences while fielding-

Being born and brought up in this cricket crazy nation, we all have played gully cricket to some sort of cricket in our life. I am taking of this generation born in the 1980’s. Remember while fielding, if we caught a good catch or dived to save a run or any good fielding effort,… people used to applaud you by saying ” Shabaash Jonty” , “Cmon Jonty” and how great you used to feel that time. Our entire generation had just and just 1 single guy for inspiration!!

When did Jonty Rhodes arrive in world cricket?

It happened in the 1992 world cup between Pakistan and SA. Inzaman ran for the run and Jhonty had the ball in his hand and few meters away from the wicket. Jhonty decided to throw nothing but his own self towards the wickets and crashed it. What people saw, was something unprecedented. They had never any cricketer fly like this and they continued to see him fly for 11 whole years to come

Next day’s newspaper flashed his pics saying…”its a bird..its a plane…No..its Jhonty Rhodes”

The fielding legend made his arrival and continued to be menace to all his batting oppenents for the next 1 whole decade

SO WHAT MADE HIM SO SPECIAL?

Not many know that Jonty Rhodes also has epilepsy. Irrespective of this odd, he made to such high in his life.  He has also represented his country for the national hockey team as well.

One has to give him full credit for the fitness level he possessed, compared to his time. So much leaping, throwing, diving etc and still remaining extra ordinarily  fit was highly commendable compared to 1990’s fitness standards.

(The above article is just a tribute to my favourite cricketer)

Cheers,

Deepesh Chandran

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