Jonty Rhodes reveals why he was not selected as India’s fielding coach
The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) and selection committee, which was earlier led by MSK Prasad turned down Jonty Rhodes’ application for the role of fielding coach for the Indian cricket team in the year 2019.
Jonty Rhodes has revealed the reason behind his application being rejected as the Team India’s fielding coach. Jonty Rhodes while replying to a question by a fan on Twitter disclosed what was actually said to him by the MSK Prasad-led selection committee after his application did not get selected.
With the fielding standards not up to the mark in the last few cricket series, a fan asked Jonty Rhodes on why he did not become the fielding coach of the Indian team.
“@JontyRhodes8 Why you haven’t become the Fielding coach for @BCCI Indian cricket team ?????” the fan asked Rhodes. Reacting to the question, the former Proteas cricketer wrote: “They said “no thanks”.
Earlier, when asked about Jonty Rhodes’ rejection, MSK Prasad said that Jonty Rhodes’ application was more for India A and NCA level. “We don’t see Jonty (Rhodes) fitting in there (choice Nos 2 and 3) because those roles are more for India A level and NCA,” Prasad stated.
Jonty has played 52 Tests and 245 ODI games, in which he has scored 2532 and 5935 runs. He has taken 139 international catches. Jonty is placed second among the fielders who affected most run-outs in the international arena.
Overall, Jonty has affected 68 run-outs in his international cricketer. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting tops the list with 80 run-outs to his name.
After announcing his decision to retire from international cricket, Rhodes now helps various teams as a fielding coach. He worked with Mumbai Indians for nine seasons. In the upcoming edition of the IPL, 50-year-old Jonty will join Kings XI Punjab.