30 Facts About Jonty Rhodes


Jonathan Neil "Jonty" Rhodes was born on 27 July 1969 and is a South African professional cricket commentator and former Test and One Day International cricketer.


Jonty Rhodes is regarded as one of the greatest fielders of all time and was the first South African cricketer to take 100 ODI catches.


Jonty Rhodes played for the South African cricket team between 1992 and 2003.


Jonty Rhodes is the fielding coach of the Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League.


Jonty Rhodes is the fielding coach of Durban's Super Giants.


Jonty Rhodes retired from Test cricket in 2000, and from one day cricket in 2003 after an injury during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.


Jonty Rhodes represented South Africa at hockey, and was chosen as part of the 1992 Olympic Games squad to go to Barcelona; however, the squad did not qualify to go to the tournament.


Jonty Rhodes was called up for trials to play in the 1996 Olympics but was ruled out by a hamstring injury.


Jonty Rhodes made his Test debut against India in the first Test of the "Friendship Tour" at his home ground in Kingsmead, Durban on 13 November 1992, scoring 41 in the first innings and 26 not out in the second.


Batting on the last day, Jonty Rhodes scored 101 not out and along with Clive Eksteen salvaged a draw.


Jonty Rhodes announced his retirement from Test match cricket in 2001 in order to allow him to continue playing until the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.


Jonty Rhodes made scores of 21 and 54 in the two innings.


Jonty Rhodes was well known for hitting reverse sweep and has hit the first reverse sweep shot which had gone for a six.


Jonty Rhodes made his One Day International debut against Australia in South Africa's opening match of the 1992 Cricket World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 26 February 1992.


Australia batted first, scoring 170, and Jonty Rhodes dismissed Craig McDermott via a run out.


South Africa scored 171 to win the match by nine wickets; Jonty Rhodes was not required to bat.


Jonty Rhodes shot to fame after South Africa's fifth game of the World Cup, against Pakistan on 8 March 1992 at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.


The ball had rolled out towards Jonty Rhodes who ran in from backward point, gathered the ball and raced the retreating Inzamam to the wicket.


On 14 November 1993 Jonty Rhodes took a world record of five catches, to achieve the most dismissals by a fielder against the West Indies at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.


Jonty Rhodes announced that he planned to retire from One-Day International cricket after the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.


Jonty Rhodes dropped the catch and in the process broke his hand.


Jonty Rhodes was withdrawn from the squad and replaced by Graeme Smith.


Jonty Rhodes then worked as a fielding coach in the South African national cricket team.


Jonty Rhodes was the fielding coach for IPL Team Mumbai Indians, followed by the fielding coach for Kings XI Punjab at the 13th season of Indian Premier League.


The Kenyan cricket team announced that Jonty Rhodes had been hired as the team's assistant coach, assisting Kenya with fielding and batting until the 2011 Cricket World Cup.


Jonty Rhodes was appointed as fielding coach for Punjab Kings.


In September 2020, Jonty Rhodes signed a contract with the Swedish Cricket Federation, ahead of moving to Sweden on a permanent basis.


Jonty Rhodes married Kate McCarthy, a niece of former South African Test cricketer Cuan McCarthy, on 16 April 1994 in Pietermaritzburg.


Jonty Rhodes has described his special affiliation with the river Ganga, and shared his experience of swimming in the river on social media.


In 2017, Jonty Rhodes performed a puja for his daughter at Pejawar mutt at Mumbai.