Tendulkar's catch my best: Rhodes

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2004, 14:35 [IST]
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Kolkata:Jonty Rhodes may have taken many scintillating catches in his cricket career, but he still regards the one he took to dismiss Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar as his best.

Even nearly eight years after taking the acrobatic catch at a One Day International in Durban, the former South African cricketer can vividly remember the details of his successful attempt at cover position.

"Tendulkar hit a cover drive and I jumped to pick up the ball almost from ground level. The stamp on the kokaboora ball got imprinted on my palm," said Rhodes, arguably the greatest fielder of all times.

"Many had doubted that I had taken the ball off the ground," he said with a chuckle.

Asked about his most memorable performance in a match, Rhodes said the five catches he took in a Hero Cup match in Mumbai in November, 1993, against West Indies gave him immense pleasure because of the crowd reaction in a foreign land like India.

"There were around 20,000 spectators on the stands. The playing conditions and the atmosphere was superb and I got huge response from the crowd after that performance," Rhodes, who also bagged the man of the match award in that match, said.

Asked to give tips to youngsters to improve their fielding standards, the South African spelt out one recipe.

"Enjoy fielding. I had also dropped catches, but to me fielding was fun. I wanted every ball to come to my direction. Thats the key... It gives you more concentration and better anticipation," Rhodes signed off.

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