Suresh Raina Jubilant as Jonty Rhodes Names Him World’s No.1 Fielder
Suresh Raina, who might be finding it hard to be in the contention for the Team India, but he has already won hearts with his outstanding efforts in the field apart from his batting and bowling trait respectively. He has expressed joy for being named as world’s number one fielder by South Africa veteran Jonty Rhodes.
“So glad to have retained my number one spot on your list all these years, @JontyRhodes8! You’ve always inspired me by setting the highest standards on the field!” Raina posted on Twitter.
The acrobatic fielder of his time Rhodes has named his five best fielders of the world. In the past, Rhodes himself has set the standards of fielding high in the international fold, in particular.
“He has done that, taking great catches in the slips, in the outfield, in the circle. I’ve loved watching Suresh Raina. He is my number one fielder,” Rhodes said in the almost two-minute long video.
Besides, the Twitter handle of the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) while sharing the video saw Rhodes picking his former teammates Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers, Australia’s Andrew Symonds and England’s Paul Collingwood.
Rhodes, who has loved to watch Raina as one of the prominent fielders, has inspired many while leaving an impact in the 30-yard circle. The Pietermaritzburg-based stalwart Rhodes has claimed 139 catches across formats between 1992 and 2003.
On the other side, Raina, who has heaped praise on Rhodes for being the undisputed king on the field, has himself 167 catches in the international fold.
On February 13 (Wednesday), the 49-year-old star Rhodes has lavished praise on Raina for being remarkable in his efforts on the field.
“I’ve been a massive fan of Suresh Raina forever, ever since he started playing,” Rhodes said.
The 32-year-old left-handed middle-order batsman Raina has played a significant role for India while saving crucial runs in the field. It has eventually helped his national cricket team to put more pressure on the opposition.
Rhodes believes the Indian conditions haven’t been that easy on the field. He added he hadn’t seen Raina shilly-shally even in the practice sessions.
“Raina plays in India. I know the conditions of the fields there. It’s not easy. Every time he practices, every time he dives, he doesn’t even have a second hesitation. Should I dive or shouldn’t I dive. He goes for the ball, which is my philosophy too that if you don’t go, you never know,” Rhodes added.
For the Men in Blue, Raina last time featured against England in July 2018.
Here’s the tweet from Suresh Raina.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 13, 2019
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