- Full name: Jonathan Neil Rhodes
- Born: 27 July 1969 (age 49) Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa
- Batting: Right-handed
- Bowling: Right-arm medium
- Role: Batsman
Jonty made his Test début against India in the first Test of the “Friendship Tour” at his home ground in Kingsmead, Durban on 13 November 1992, scoring 41 in the first innings and 26 not out in the second.
Rhodes scored his first Test century during the first Test of a three match series against Sri Lanka at Moratuwa during the 1993–1994 season. Batting on the last day, Rhodes scored 101 not out and along with Clive Eksteen salvaged a draw. South Africa went on to win the series 1–0 by winning the second match and drawing the third.
Rhodes announced his retirement from Test match cricket in 2001 in order to allow him to continue playing until the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. His last Test match was on 6 August 2000 at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo against Sri Lanka. Rhodes made scores of 21 and 54 in the two innings. Sri Lanka went on to win the match by six wickets.
Rhodes made his One Day International début against Australia in South Africa’s opening match of the 1992 Cricket World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 26 February 1992. Australia batted first, scoring 170, and Rhodes dismissed Craig McDermott via a run out. South Africa scored 171 to win the match by nine wickets; Rhodes was not required to bat.
Rhodes shot to fame after South Africa’s fifth game of the World Cup, against Pakistan on the 8 March 1992 at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. South Africa batted first, scoring 211 off 50 overs. Pakistan’s innings was reduced to 36 overs because of rain interruptions, with the target revised from 212 to 194 runs. Inzamam-ul-Haq and Pakistan captain Imran Khan resumed the innings when play was restarted. With the score at 135/2 Inzamam, who was at the time on 48, set off for a run but was turned back by Khan. The ball had rolled out towards Rhodes who ran in from backward point, gathered the ball and raced the retreating Inzamam to the wicket. Rhodes, with ball in hand, dived full length to break the stumps and effect the run out. The run out, the subject of a famous photograph, is still considered one of the more spectacular feats of that World Cup and the defining moment of Rhodes’ career. Pakistan’s innings faltered from then on, eventually finishing on 173/8 with South Africa winning by twenty runs.
On 14 November 1993 Rhodes took a world record of five catches, to achieve the most dismissals by a fielder (other than a wicketkeeper) against the West Indies at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
- In 1999 he was voted as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
- In 2004 he was voted 29th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in SABC3’s Great South Africans television series.
|Test Centuries of Jonty Rhodes|
|||101*||5||Sri Lanka||Moratuwa, Sri Lanka||Tyronne Fernando Stadium||25 Aug 1993||Drawn|
|||117||33||England||London, England||Lord’s||18 Jun 1998||Won|
|||103*||41||West Indies||Centurion, South Africa||Super Sport Park||15 Jan 1999||Won|
|One Day International Centuries of Jonty Rhodes|
|||121||85||Pakistan||Nairobi, Kenya||Gymkhana Club Ground||29 Sep 1996||Won|
|||107*||217||New Zealand||Perth, Australia||WACA Ground||1 Feb 2002||Won|
|Man of the Match awards – One Day International Cricket|
|1||India||New Wanderers Stadium||13 Dec 1992||1 Ct. ; 42* (56 balls: 2×4, 1×6)||SA won by 6 wickets.|
|2||West Indies||St George’s Park||11 Feb 1993||46* (77 balls: 4×4)||SA won by 6 wickets.|
|3||West Indies||Brabourne Stadium||14 Nov 1993||40 (42 balls: 4×4) ; 5 Ct.||SA won by 41 runs.|
|4||Australia||St George’s Park||4 April 1994||66 (90 balls: 5×4, 1×6)||SA won by 26 runs.|
|5||England||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium||25 Feb 1996||37 (32 balls: 3×4) ; 1 Ct.||SA won by 78 runs.|
|6||Pakistan||Gymkhana Club Ground||29 Sep 1996||121 (114 balls: 12×4)||SA won by 62 runs.|
|7||India||Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground||29 Oct 1996||54 (81 balls: 4×4, 1×6)||SA won by 5 wickets.|
|8||Australia||Newlands Cricket Ground||23 Jan 1997||83* (76 balls: 6×4, 1×6)||SA won by 6 wickets.|
|9||Sri Lanka||St George’s Park||15 Dec 2000||61* (80 balls: 3×4)||SA won by 4 wickets.|
|10||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||29 Sep 2001||56 (45 balls: 7×4, 1×6) ; 1 ct.||SA won by 148 runs.|
|11||New Zealand||WACA Ground||1 Feb 2002||107* (135 balls: 9×4)||SA won by 67 runs.|
|12||New Zealand||Sydney Cricket Ground||8 Feb 2002||61* (68 balls: 7×4)||SA won by 6 wickets (D/L).|
|13||West Indies||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||13 Sep 2002||61 (70 balls: 8×4)||SA won by 2 wickets.|
|14||Pakistan||Kingsmead Cricket Ground||8 Dec 2002||98 (92 balls: 12×4, 2×6)||SA won by 132 runs.|
|15||Pakistan||Newlands Cricket Ground||18 Dec 2002||81 (95 balls: 8×4)||SA won by 34 runs.|