Rhodes rates Yuvraj, Kaif among the best

Published: Saturday, December 4, 2004, 2:11 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former South African Test cricketer Jonty Rhodes, the best fielder in the world during his time, today rated India's young Turks Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif among the eleven best fielders he had seen during his career.

Asked to name his personal best eleven fielders, Rhodes mentioned himself, "Since I know me better than others", Fanie De Villiers (South Africa), Brett Lee, Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor, Ricky Ponting (all Australia), Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Ontong (both South Africa), Upul Chandana (Sri Lanka), Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh (both India).

"My fielding was a bit different to (former South African) Colin Bland's. Bland's speciality was hitting at the stumps with accuracy. I relied more on anticipation, on the body language exhibited by the batsman. Ponting comes closest to my style," he said.

Rhodes said anticipation played a very important role in becoming a good fielder. "Good anticipation comes about when you start enjoying fielding and have fun. I personally wanted every ball to come towards me," he said.

Asked about the performance of South Africa in India, Rhodes felt the team should have played a few more warm-up games before plunging into the two-Test series against India.

"They played only one warm-up game in Sri Lanka and did the same here," he pointed out, but added that his country's selectors should keep faith with the members of the team and not chop and change it.

Rhodes was on a fund-raising visit to Mumbai to help an NGO, 'Magic Bus', working for the benefit of street children.

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