Hyderabad

Fans have a field day with Jonty

South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes signing autographs on cricket bats at the Sarojini Cricket & Fitness Academy in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
PHOTO: Special Arrangement

South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes signing autographs on cricket bats at the Sarojini Cricket & Fitness Academy in Hyderabad on Wednesday. PHOTO: Special Arrangement   | Photo Credit: CHARITH

Former South African player meets young talent at cricket academy in city

The sight of Jonty Rhodes anywhere around the world invariably brings back memories of his gravity-defying effort to run out Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq in the 1992 World Cup league match in Brisbane.

And, when this former South African all-rounder visited Sarojini Cricket and Fitness Academy (SCFA) here on Wednesday evening, the joy on faces of the young talent on spotting him was symbolic of the levels of excellence he has achieved — first as a player and then as support staff with Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Jonty’s interaction with the young talent was punctuated with enthusiasm and his advice was pretty simple — set goals and work hard to achieve them.

The South African great asked the kids to remind him of the great cricketing event that happened in the city last Sunday and the audience’s response — Mumbai Indians winning the IPL final — brought a big smile to Jonty’s face.

SCFA founder G. Kiran Reddy hoped that Jonty’s visit would infuse the right amount of inspiration into the budding talent to look far ahead when they embark on a tough and demanding journey in the cricket world.

Later, Jonty distributed prizes to the best young talent of the Academy even while appreciating the facilities, including the floodlights, turf wickets and lush green outfield.

The cricketer will also take part in a three-day exclusive camp at the SCFA from May 17 to 19.

Those interested in the camp can contact Mihir (84840-22440) or Sudhakar (98486-03533).

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