Former South African cricketer, and one of the best ever fielders to grace the field – Jonty Rhodes had recently announced his pick of the top five fielders from the modern era. With two of his country-men, AB de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs making the list, along with former Australian batsman Andrew Symonds, and England’s Paul Collingwood too being in there. But it was India’s very own Suresh Raina who took Jonty’s top spot when it came to displaying athleticism in the field.
“I have been a massive fan of Suresh Raina, for forever; ever since he started playing,” Rhodes was quoted saying.
“I know what the conditions of the fields are in India, and every time he practices, every time he dives, it’s gonna be so much of heat. He doesn’t even give a second hesitation of should I have dived or shouldn’t have dived,” he added.
“He goes for the ball which pretty much what my philosophy is, ‘if you don’t go, you’ll never know’ and he has done that. He has taken great catches in the slips and in the outfield and in the circle. I have loved watching Suresh Raina. He is my number one fielder,” he further added.
With Suresh Raina still waiting in the ranks for a call in the Indian cricket team, ones unsure whether he’ll be able to make in to the World Cup. However, The Uttar Pradesh based cricketer is expected to be back in the thick of things in the iconic yellow jersey of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the twelfth edition of the IPL.
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