51 years ago, on this day, one of the greatest fielders of all time Jonty Rhodes was born. The former South African cricketer is regarded as the ‘fielding genius’, who brought backward point to life and set an example in front of the world that fielders too can help team win matches.
Jonty Rhodes made his international debut for South Africa in 1992 in a Benson & Hedges Trophy game against Australia, shortly before the World Cup. And made his Test debut in 1992 against India.
Though he used to give impeccable batting performances but his biggest contribution to the game came out as a fielder. His performances have inspired his generations and the future ones as well to add more value to the discipline.
As the cricketer has turned 51 years today, social media is flooded with tributes and amazing birthday wishes from the fans around the world. Several cricketers and cricket experts have also taken to their social media to wish Jonty Rhodes on his birthday.
Among many, Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, who himself is regarded as one of the finest cricketers also took to his twitter and showered blessings on Jonty Rhodes.
In his tweet, Suresh Raina called Jonty ‘flying bird’ and thanked him for his contribution to the cricket world. Raina wrote:
“A very Happy Birthday to the Flying Bird 😎 @JontyRhodes8 Thank you for making us believe that Fielding can make us win a match! More Power To You, Stay Blessed”
Here, check out the tweet:
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 27, 2020
Here, check out how netizens are wishing him on his birthday:
— VibinVijay Panicker (@VibinVijay03) July 27, 2020
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 27, 2020
HBD # jonty Rhodes sir ….only Man who fly's ✈in the cricket field…
Still every Young fielder's want to be
— Mohammed Hasan Silipi (@HasanSilipi) July 27, 2020
— 𝕹𝖎𝖙𝖊𝖘𝖍 𝕾𝖆𝖗𝖆𝖉𝖊🚩 (@nitesh9191) July 27, 2020
From the iconic flying leap to becoming the Man of the Match for fielding, Jonty Rhodes has done it all 😎 Jonty is agile and energetic as his Primary number 9. The number 9 represents Mars, which is fiery, bold, zealous & high-octane. Hence we consider it best for Sports.
— Sanjay B Jumaani (@sanjaybjumaani) July 27, 2020
2/3rd of the earth is covered by water. Rest is covered by Jonty Rhodes.
What an epic quote https://t.co/80FMflZcUS
— RJK 🕸️ (@rahul_jk) July 27, 2020
Happy birthday, Jonty Rhodes 🎂 pic.twitter.com/ECZ9T3Kw4P
— Krishna Chavan (@ChavanKc_18) July 27, 2020
— pranith varma (@VarmaPranith) July 27, 2020
Jonty Rhodes, the Colossus (intended), turns 51 today.
There were great fielders before him, of whom there are videos of Logie and Harper (and a few others) online.
The overall quality of fielding has gone up significantly now.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) July 27, 2020