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Sridhar would have kicked my butt in interview: Rhodes on his chances


Former South Africa player Jonty Rhodes was aware of the fact that he would have lost the race against R Sridhar for the fielding coach role of India.

Rhodes with Raina
Despite being recognized as the best fielder of all time in the cricket world, Jhonty Rhodes believes that he stands no chance in front of India’s current fielding coach R Sridhar for the role.

Rhodes was one of the applicants for the role of India’s fielding coach, but he was not among the three candidates that were shortlisted by the BCCI’s selection committee on Thursday headed by MSK Prasad.

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It came in as a shocker for the cricket world, but Rhodes was not surprised as he believes his interview was not good enough.

“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.”

He also said working with players like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya in Mumbai Indians gave him the confidence to apply for the India job.

“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,” he concluded.

The names that were announced by MSK Prasad were current coach Sridhar as the No. 1 choice, followed by Abhay Sharma and T Dilip.

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