The roles were reversed for a while during Kings XI Punjab’s training session on Friday as batsman Mayank Agarwal and fielding coach Jonty Rhodes decided to swap their hats. The franchise, on Friday, posted a hilarious video of Agarwal giving Jonty Rhodes some catching drills.
Jonty Rhodes is regarded as the greatest fielder in the history of the game. He is probably the only player who made a name for himself in international cricket due to his fielding exploits rather than batting or bowling. And even after retiring from international cricket way back in 2003, the legendary South Africa has still got it.
He was seen taking some impressive catches, with Agarwal providing some guidance and words of appreciation. Agarwal began the session on a funny note as he said:
“Come on, youngster! You’re better than that. Come on Jonty, feet! Feet can be better!”
Here is the video posted by the franchise:
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) September 11, 2020
Jonty Rhodes is in his first season as fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab. However, he is not new to coaching in IPL. The former South Africa cricketer had served as Mumbai Indians’ fielding coach from 2009 to 2017. During his time with Mumbai Indians, the franchise won three titles and Jonty Rhodes would be looking to give some important inputs to the Kings XI Punjab team-management as the franchise search for its first-ever IPL title.
After the IPL, he will leave for his new job after recently signing up as head coach of Sweden. He will join his new side in November and be based in Stockholm. IPL 2020 is scheduled to start on September 19 while it will finish on November 10.