Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes is regarded as the best fielder to have ever graced the game and has been known for his ability to change the course of a match with his electrifying presence on the field. The Flying Machine, as he is popularly called has been known to have taken some unbelievable catches and effecting some brilliant run outs, including the run-out of Inzamam Ul-Haq in the 1992 World Cup encounter against Pakistan in Brisbane.
Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar produced a similar effort in the Super League round of the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy against Punjab on Sunday. Vinay Kumar, who was fielding at mid-off, sprinted towards the non-striker’s end from the mid-off region and threw himself towards the stumps with the ball in hand to run out Punjab batsman Gurkeerat Singh. The batsman was caught in two minds whether to take the ran after having nudged the ball towards mid on and ran towards the non striker’s end responding to his partner’s call. The throw from mid on missed the stumps but the batsman was unfortunately caught short of the crease courtesy of the Karnataka skipper’s sheer brilliance on the field.
Vinay Kumar who was earlier associated with Jonty Rhodes during his stint with the Mumbai Indians, was so impressed by his attempt that he took to his official twitter handle to share the moment of brilliance with his former coach to ask him about how the effort looked like. The former South African in reply, tweeted that the latter was not old enough to be watching him play at the 1992 World Cup. Kumar then added to the conversation, thanking him for being the inspiration that he was.
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— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) January 21, 2018
Vinay I did not think u were old enough to be watching me at ‘92 World Cup!!
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) January 22, 2018
That’s true. But thanks to YouTube 😉 And a big thank you to you for being such an inspiration.
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) January 22, 2018