One of the best known South African cricketers of his times and the only cricketer to be awarded a Man of the Match for fielding, Jonty Rhodes is surprisingly fit for his age. Perhaps that’s the reason he launched his line of wellness and endurance products recently. Besides being the fielding coach of the IPL team Mumbai Indians, Jonty loves Indian food, especially dal makhni and gulab jamuns. Ask him about his rumoured entry in the Bigg Boss house and Jonty says, “It would have been exciting but as of now I’m not in it!”
One word that describes you best?
Usually I do everything as per the rules but even then if I’m hauled up, I would say namaste, sorry for speeding, tell me what is the next step now.
Your first kiss was…
I was extremely shy and this girl had been dared by my teammates to come and kiss me. So, I actually kept a Coke can in my mouth and she kissed me on my cheek.
What makes you feel sexy?
Cooking with my apron on.
Which superhero would you like to be and why?
I would want to be Superman simply because I hate his outfit and would love to change it.
A tune you can’t get out your head?
Every breath you take by the Police.
What did you do with your first paycheque?
I earned `500 for playing for the state team and used that to pay for a course I was doing.
The one law you would break if you could get away with it?
Speeding and also, if possible, the law of life and death.
Do you love Luv Storys?
I usually don’t have time to read all this, I prefer non-fiction.
If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?
I think Jonty is perfect. I was actually christened Jonathan, but I think Jonty is perfect.
Share a secret with us… you can trust us, we’ll only print it!
I enjoy Indian food a lot and love gulab jamuns and kulfi too. .
You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. Choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. Why?
A cycle. I think it’s the best bet to get me wherever I want to go.
Earth’s crowded and chock full of trash. Choose another planet.
I’m not sure what planet I will choose but whatever it will be, I’m going to be comfortable for sure.
If you could have had a star perform at your wedding, who would it have been and why?
Sting. Would have loved to have him.
What makes your day?
Having learnt something.
What screws it up?
Being at the same level as I was in the beginning.
... A crazy feeling.
If you were the last person left on earth, what would you do?
Make the most of the time and surf to my heart’s content.
From HT Brunch, October 30
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