Former South African great and current Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) fielding coach Jonty Rhodes has recently won many hearts by helping the ground staff pull the cover to the pitch during a rain-hit match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rain started to pour down heavily during an encounter between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and LSG at the Ekana stadium in Lucknow on Wednesday. The ground staff started pulling the covers immediately to keep the pitch safe. An aware Rhodes was also quick enough to extend a helping hand to them. In the process, the former cricketer won several hearts on the ground and on the internet.
Jonty became the talk of the town following his great gesture. It was a kind of solace to the fans who were indulged in the debate about the ‘spirit of cricket’ over various social media platforms after the ugly altercation between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir. The video of Jonty pulling the cover along with the ground staff went viral on social media.
Later, Jonty revealed that he was inspired my Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the way the CSK captain handled the incredible support at Ekana Stadium.
Impressed by Jonty’s gesture a fan tweeted, “You can teach technique. You can teach stamina. You can teach field settings. You can’t teach being grounded. What a legend! @JontyRhodes8 #LSGvsCSK #TATAIPL2023.”
In response to the fan’s tweet, Jonty said it was MS Dhoni’s inspiration behind the act.
Thank you @Anand_ac314 I was actually inspired by @msdhoni and the way he handled the incredible support he was shown at #EkanaStadium. Not just a legend, but a great man too #7 #legend #greathuman #respectthegame https://t.co/rlS0XKyCsO— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) May 3, 2023
“Thank you @Anand_ac314 I was actually inspired by @msdhoni and the way he handled the incredible support he was shown at #EkanaStadium. Not just a legend, but a great man too #7 #legend #greathuman #respectthegame,” tweeted the former South African great.
Notably, Jonty is not only a famous fielder, but he is also pretty popular for his humility. He is a great ambassador of the gentleman’s game as well. The former South African great always inspires and motivates others with his great and selfless acts.