Expect Sridhar Would Have Kicked My Butt Said Jonty Rhodes
Aug 25, 2019 at 12:34 PM
Former South African player and known as the best fielder in last decade, Jonty Rhodes, has been missed out on an excellent opportunity to become fielding coach on Indian Team. Jonty said that he was aware of being losing to current coach R Sridhar.
Jonty was not listed in the top 3 candidates who were shortlisted by BCCI committee on Thursday led by MSK Prasad. The names which were announced were, R Sridhar as top contender followed by Abhay Sharma and T Dilip.
Talking about the fielding of the Indian team under Sridhar, it has been tremendous and reliable currently. So there was no surprise that Sridhar not to continue again. Jonty Rhodes honestly admitted in the interview that he wasn’t that good contender in front of R Sridhar.
He said “I am sure my interview was not as good as the one with the incumbent coach because he has been there for the last couple of years. Players have definitely worked with a plan. And you can see the progress as it just doesn’t happen. I am expecting that from an interview point of view — he kicked my butt.”
I am way more familiar with the cricketing set up in India than I am in South Africa – Jonty Rhodes
Jonty also shows his love for India by applying to this position. In 2015, his wife gave birth to a baby girl in Mumbai, he named her India, as he loved India so much.
Jonty has been with Mumbai Indians (MI) as fielding coach with past nine years in IPL. He has experience working with the greats of IPL, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah. It was also maybe the reason he kept in mind while applying for the job of Indian Fielding Coach.
Praising the Indian country he said, “As a fielding coach I did a couple of years of coaching with the South African team till the 2007 World Cup. Since then, I have only worked in India. I am way more familiar with the cricketing set up in India than I am in South Africa.”