About Jonty Rhodes

  • 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
NoRunsMatchAgainstCity/CountryVenueStart dateResult
[1]101*5Sri LankaMoratuwa, Sri LankaTyronne Fernando Stadium25 Aug 1993Drawn
[2]11733EnglandLondon, EnglandLord’s18 Jun 1998Won
[3]103*41West IndiesCenturion, South AfricaSuper Sport Park15 Jan 1999Won


One Day International Centuries of Jonty Rhodes
[1]12185PakistanNairobi, KenyaGymkhana Club Ground29 Sep 1996Won
[2]107*217New ZealandPerth, AustraliaWACA Ground1 Feb 2002Won


Man of the Match awards – One Day International Cricket
NoOpponentVenueDateMatch PerformanceResult
1IndiaNew Wanderers Stadium13 Dec 19921 Ct. ; 42* (56 balls: 2×4, 1×6)SA won by 6 wickets.
2West IndiesSt George’s Park11 Feb 199346* (77 balls: 4×4)SA won by 6 wickets.
3West IndiesBrabourne Stadium14 Nov 199340 (42 balls: 4×4) ; 5 Ct.SA won by 41 runs.
4AustraliaSt George’s Park4 April 199466 (90 balls: 5×4, 1×6)SA won by 26 runs.
5EnglandRawalpindi Cricket Stadium25 Feb 199637 (32 balls: 3×4) ; 1 Ct.SA won by 78 runs.
6PakistanGymkhana Club Ground29 Sep 1996121 (114 balls: 12×4)SA won by 62 runs.
7IndiaMadhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground29 Oct 199654 (81 balls: 4×4, 1×6)SA won by 5 wickets.
8AustraliaNewlands Cricket Ground23 Jan 199783* (76 balls: 6×4, 1×6)SA won by 6 wickets.
9Sri LankaSt George’s Park15 Dec 200061* (80 balls: 3×4)SA won by 4 wickets.
10ZimbabweHarare Sports Club29 Sep 200156 (45 balls: 7×4, 1×6) ; 1 ct.SA won by 148 runs.
11New ZealandWACA Ground1 Feb 2002107* (135 balls: 9×4)SA won by 67 runs.
12New ZealandSydney Cricket Ground8 Feb 200261* (68 balls: 7×4)SA won by 6 wickets (D/L).
13West IndiesSinhalese Sports Club Ground13 Sep 200261 (70 balls: 8×4)SA won by 2 wickets.
14PakistanKingsmead Cricket Ground8 Dec 200298 (92 balls: 12×4, 2×6)SA won by 132 runs.
15PakistanNewlands Cricket Ground18 Dec 200281 (95 balls: 8×4)SA won by 34 runs.