Shoaib Akhtar picks one of the best game changers in cricket
Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has picked South Africa great Jonty Rhodes as one of the game changers in cricket for his fielding attributes. In the game of cricket, fielding plays an important role in determining the outcome of the match and Jonty Rhodes certainly lived up to his standards.
Widely regarded as the best fielder of all time, Jonty Rhodes is renowned for some of the greatest run-outs and catches in the gentleman’s game. Rhodes celebrated his birthday yesterday and wishes poured in from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity. One among the well-wishers was Shoaib Akhtar who heaped praise on Jonty Rhodes while wishing the South African legend a happy birthday.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 27, 2020
“Happy birthday to the man who made fielding cool. Jonty Rhodes, you’re definitely one of the game-changers,” Shoaib Akhtar said on Twitter.
One of the most admired and widely respected cricketers in the history of the sport has also set a great example for young cricketers to follow suit. Rhodes was known for his impressive fielding skills and his fruitful contribution to South African cricket. The best moment of his cricketing career came when he single-handedly ran Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq out during the 1992 World Cup tournament.
Jonty Rhodes has played 52 Tests and 245 ODI games, in which the right-hander has scored 2532 and 5935 runs. He has taken 139 international catches. In fact, he is placed second among the fielders who has affected most run-outs in international cricket. Having played 297 international matches, Jonty affected 68 run-outs. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting tops the list with 80 run-outs.