‘I had grass and blood all over’: How AB de Villiers was impressed by Jonty Rhodes

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AB de Villiers has revealed how former South Africa participant Jonty Rhodes evokes him to be an incredible fielder. Rhodes, thought-about by many as the best fielder of all time, produced one of the crucial iconic sights in World Cup historical past when he dived full stretched and whipped off the stumps to run Inzamam Ul Haq out in the course of the 1992 editions.

De Villiers, who was a fairly good fielder himself, spoke about how that effort from Rhodes left an impression on him as a child.

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“Jonty Rhodes was the standout. Once again, from a young age, he had the biggest impact. When I was 8 years old, I saw the run out live in the World Cup 1992. That had a huge impact on me,” AB de Villiers advised BBC London’s Kevin Hand for Middlesex Cricket.

Rhodes’ run out of Inzamam makes for one of the crucial defining moments in cricket. Rhodes would go on and make a profession out of taking elegant catches and producing thrilling direct hits that may lead to a run-out. Despite the fact that de Villiers by no means might pull off a Rhodes-like run-out in his profession, the previous South Africa captain revealed he grew up working towards that sort of a run out.

“I practiced that run out every day of my life. I had grass all over, blood but I had to practice that run out. I never had the opportunity to do that run out in my career. But it still inspired me so much to do special things on the field, to take catches for the team. That’s the way Jonty played. That’s the way I always wanted,” de Villiers added.

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