10Jonty Rhodes v/s England- 1998
Even if Jonty Rhodes was called as the Father of Modern Day Fielding, it would not be doing the great man any justice. Nicknamed as the ‘Maritzburg Mamba’, Jonathan Neil ‘Jonty’ Rhodes is one of the greatest, if not the greatest fielder cricket has ever witnessed. With the capability to fly in any direction towards an incoming ball, this humble man redefined the fielding for modern day cricket. Playing at those times when outfield players were not scorned upon if they tried to stop a potential boundary with their feet, Jonty was known for his alacrity and flexibility which made him instigate a huge number of run outs along with unbelievable catches. Every batsman was wary if a ball was hit in the direction of Jonty Rhodes!
Jonty Rhodes’ most memorable catch in the shorter version of the game comes during a Triangular tournament. The Emirates Triangular Tournament which was played in 1998 in England also happens to be the first time that ODIs were played in England in coloured clothing. The other team in the tournament was Sri Lanka who were the eventual winners. There were just 3 matches followed by a final in the tournament. Sri Lanka defeated South Africa in the first match by 57 runs despite half centuries from Symcox and Jonty Rhodes. In the second match, England defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs courtesy of a score of 86 from Greame Hick.