Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes, who is also the present fielding coach of the domestic T20 team Mumbai Indians, wants to explore the Capital on his next tour to the country. The 44-year-old, who loves to travel, has already been to various parts of the country and is now gearing up for his next venture.
“As a coach, you get more time to see places, unlike the players. I have been to Kashmir, Jaipur and the South, but I haven’t been able to explore much of Delhi. Hopefully, the next time I am here, I’ll be able to do that. I am also looking forward to try some street food in the city,” he says.
Talking about the sport and the recent fixing controversies, he says, “The most difficult thing is that we live in a society where people are willing to do something illegal. Measures have been taken to prevent it, but it’s hard to eradicate fixing because human nature is such. The problem not only exists in cricket, but in other fields as well. Few people are responsible for it and not everyone.”
Ask him about his favourite Bollywood movie, and he says, “I haven’t seen a great deal of movies, but when I became the fielding coach of Mumbai Indians, I was told about the film, Lagaan. I saw the movie and liked it because it’s related to cricket. Akshay Kumar and John Abraham-starrer Desi Boyz is another one that I have seen.”
“Thanks to the league, we know quite a few actors, Shah Rukh Khan being one. They are humble and their love for the game brings us together,” he adds.