Jonty Rhodes joins the race to be India’s fielding coach


Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes has joined the race to be Team India’s fielding coach. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced openings for various posts. As of now, Rhodes is one of the biggest names to have applied for the post of fielding coach.

Confirming his candidature, Rhodes said, “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.”

“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,” Rhodes told CricketNext.

“I like to think there are a few elements that I can add to what they have already achieved. I have spent two years away from high-performance coaching and have spent most of my time focusing on development and grassroots coaching,” the South African legend 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,” the 42-year old said.

Rhodes has been fielding coach of the IPL champions Mumbai Indians for nine years and has also played the same role for the South African cricket team and a few Associate nations. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fielders of all time.