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Jonathan Neil “Jonty” Rhodes (born 27 July 1969) is a former South African Test and One Day International cricketer. He is commonly regarded as one of the greatest fielders of all time. He played for the South African cricket team between 1992 and 2003.

Rhodes was born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa. Whilst being noted for his quickty running as a right-handed batsman, he was especially noted for his defensive fielding, particularly catching, ground fielding, and throwing from his most common position of backward point. However, he is also known to be a less accurate thrower than Herchelle Gibbs at point when a run-out chance was present.

A report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showed that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the ninth-highest number of run outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the third-highest success rate.

During his career he also played club cricket for the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and first-class cricket for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal and the Dolphins. Rhodes retired from Test cricket in 2000, and from one day cricket in 2003 after an injury during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

Rhodes also represented South Africa at hockey, and was chosen as part of the 1992 Olympic Games squad to go to Barcelona; however, the squad did not qualify to go to the tournament. He was also called up for trials to play in the 1996 Olympics but was ruled out by a hamstring injury.

Career highlights

Test career

Rhodes made his Test dbut against India in the first Test of the “Friendship Tour” at his home ground in Kingsmead, Durban on 13 November 1992, scoring 41 in the first innings and 26 not out in the second.

Rhodes scored his first Test century during the first Test of a three match series against Sri Lanka at Moratuwa during the 1993-1994 season. Batting on the last day, Rhodes scored 101 not out and along with Clive Eksteen salvaged a draw. South Africa went on to win the series 1-0 by winning the second match and drawing the third.

Rhodes announced his retirement from Test match cricket in 2001 in order to allow him to continue playing until the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. His last Test match was on 6 August 2000 at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo against Sri Lanka. Rhodes made scores of 21 and 54 in the two innings. Sri Lanka went on to win the match by six wickets.

ODI career

Rhodes made his One Day International dbut against Australia in South Africa’s opening match of the 1992 Cricket World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 26 February 1992. Australia batted first, scoring 170, and Rhodes dismissed Craig McDermott via a run out. South Africa scored 171 to win the match by nine wickets; Rhodes was not required to bat.

Rhodes shot to fame after South Africa’s fifth game of the World Cup, against Pakistan on the 8 March 1992 at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. South Africa batted first, scoring 211 off 50 overs. Pakistan’s innings was reduced to 36 overs because of rain interruptions, with the target revised from 212 to 194 runs. Inzamam-ul-Haq and Pakistan captain Imran Khan resumed the innings when play was restarted. With the score at 135/2 Inzamam, who was at the time on 48, set off for a run but was turned back by Khan. The ball had rolled out towards Rhodes who ran in from backward point, gathered the ball and raced the retreating Inzamam to the wicket. Rhodes, with ball in hand, dived full length to break the stumps and effect the run out. The run out, the subject of a famous photograph, is still considered one of the more spectacular feats of that World Cup and the defining moment of Rhodes’ career. Pakistan’s innings faltered from then on, eventually finishing on 173/8 with South Africa winning by twenty runs.

On 14 November 1993 Rhodes took a world record of five catches, to achieve the most dismissals by a fielder (other than a wicketkeeper) against the West Indies at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.

Rhodes announced that he planned to retire from One-Day International cricket after the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. However, his tournament was cut short when he got injured in a match against Kenya. In Kenya’s innings, Maurice Odumbe hit the ball in the air toward Rhodes. Rhodes dropped the catch and in the process broke his hand. The South African team’s medical staff concluded that it would take four to five weeks to heal, effectively ruling Rhodes out of the rest of the tournament. Rhodes was withdrawn from the squad and replaced by Graeme Smith.


After retiring from playing cricket Rhodes was employed by Standard Bank as an account executive and is also involved with the bank’s cricket sponsorship in South Africa. Rhodes is presently working as a fielding coach in the South African national cricket team. He is currently hired as the fielding coach for IPL Team Mumbai Indians. The Kenyan cricket team announced that Rhodes had been hired as the team’s assistant coach and will serve them until the 2011 Cricket World Cup; he will assist Kenya with fielding and batting

In April 2013 South African Tourism appointed Rhodes as their brand ambassador for India. During Cricket World Cup, he will give his expert opinion at PTV Sports and Yahoo.


Personal life

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Jonty Rhodes
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
101* 5  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Moratuwa, Sri Lanka Tyronne Fernando Stadium 25 August 1993 Drawn
117 33  England England London, England Lord’s 18 June 1998 Won
103* 41  West Indies South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 15 January 1999 Won

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Jonty Rhodes
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
121 85  Pakistan Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 29 September 1996 Won
107* 217  New Zealand Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 1 February 2002 Won

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 13 December 1992 1 Ct. ; 42* (56 balls: 2×4, 1×6)  South Africa won by 6 wickets.
2 West Indies St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth 11 February 1993 46* (77 balls: 4×4)  South Africa won by 6 wickets.
3 West Indies Brabourne Stadium, Bombay 14 November 1993 40 (42 balls: 4×4) ; 5 Ct.  South Africa won by 41 runs.
4 Australia St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth 4 April 1994 66 (90 balls: 5×4, 1×6)  South Africa won by 26 runs.
5 England Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 25 February 1996 37 (32 balls: 3×4) ; 1 Ct.  South Africa won by 78 runs.
6 Pakistan Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi 29 September 1996 121 (114 balls: 12×4)  South Africa won by 62 runs.
7 India Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot 29 October 1996 54 (81 balls: 4×4, 1×6)  South Africa won by 5 wickets.
8 Australia Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 23 January 1997 83* (76 balls: 6×4, 1×6)  South Africa won by 6 wickets.
9 Sri Lanka St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth 15 December 2000 61* (80 balls: 3×4)  South Africa won by 4 wickets.
10 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 29 September 2001 56 (45 balls: 7×4, 1×6) ; 1 ct.  South Africa won by 148 runs.
11 New Zealand WACA Ground, Perth 1 February 2002 107* (135 balls: 9×4)  South Africa won by 67 runs.
12 New Zealand Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 8 February 2002 61* (68 balls: 7×4)  South Africa won by 6 wickets (D/L).
13 West Indies Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 13 September 2002 61 (70 balls: 8×4)  South Africa won by 2 wickets.
14 Pakistan Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban 8 December 2002 98 (92 balls: 12×4, 2×6)  South Africa won by 132 runs.
15 Pakistan Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 18 December 2002 81 (95 balls: 8×4)  South Africa won by 34 runs.