Jonathan Neil also well known by the name of Jonty Rhodes is a former South African professional cricketer who played for the South African national cricket team. He is a right handed batsman and one of the best fielders in the world.
Rhodes is popular for his quick running as a right handed batsman. He is also known for his ground fielding and throwing from his usual position of backward point. On 13 November 1992 at Kingsmead Durban Rhodes made his Test debut against India in the opening match of the Friendship tour. In this match he scored 41 in the first innings and an unbeaten 26 in the second. In the 1993-94 season during a three match series against Sri Lanka at Moratuwa in the first Test Rhodes scored his first Test century. The One day international debut of Rhodes was against Australia in the first match of the 1992 Cricket World Cup on 26th February 1992 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. While batting first Australia scored 170 and Craig McDermott was dismissed by Rhodes by a run out. South Africa scored 171 runs and won the match by 9 wickets and there was no need for Rhodes to bat. In the 1992 world cup South Africa faced Pakistan on the 8 March 1992 at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. South Africa had batted first and scored 211 from 50 overs. Pakistan captain Imran Khan and Inzaman ul Haq were at a score of 135 for 2. At this juncture Inzamam was on 48 and when he started for a run he was turned back by Imran Khan. The ball moved in the direction of Rhodes who ran from his position of backward point, collected the ball and dived full length and broke the stumps and effected the run out. This run out is till date regarded as one of the most spectacular feats in the World Cup and the crucial moment of the career of Rhodes. After this run out the innings of Pakistan faltered and finally South Africa won by 20 runs. While playing against the West Indies at Brabourne Stadium Bombay on 14th November 1993 Rhodes took five catches which is a world record of the maximum dismissals by a fielder. Rhodes declared that he would retire from One day Internationals at the end of the 2003 Cricket World cup in South Africa. After his retirement from cricket Rhodes joined the Standard Bank as an account executive. He is also a part of the cricket sponsorship of the bank in South Africa. Currently he also works as a fielding coach of the South African National cricket team.
In SABC3’s Great South Africans television series Rhodes was voted the 29th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004. Rhodes was voted as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in 1999.
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