Indian Premier League 2020: Jonty Rhodes “Undoubtedly the best” fielder in 30-yard circle, says Sachin Tendulkar

After praising Nicholas Pooran’s antics on the boundary ropes against the Rajasthan Royals, former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar said that there is nothing that Jonty Rhodes will always remain the best fielder inside the 30-yard circle. “Jonty, I was talking about saving at the boundary line. In your area (30 yard circle), you were undoubtedly the best,” Sachin Tendulkar tweeted on Monday. In the eighth over, Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals played a pull shot off Murugan Ashwin and it was when Puran caught it at full length rope to catch the ball at deep mid-wicket.

He was stretching to the maximum possible and then he caught the ball with his left hand. And, before falling to the ground a millisecond, he blew the ball back into the game and Rajasthan had to settle for just two runs.

After this fielding effort, many former and current players took to Twitter to call Puran’s save the best fielding effort around the boundary ropes.

Rhodes is currently the fielding coach of KXIP.

Rajasthan Royals chased down a total of 224 runs to beat KXIP by four wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. For the Royals, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, and Rahul Teotia all scored 50+ to win the team by four wickets. Tewatia came in to bat at number four and was struggling at one stage as he scored just 13 runs off his first 19 balls.

However, in the 18th over, Shevatn Cottrell hit Tewatia for five sixes to give the team victory. The left-hander smashed a 53-run knock as Rajasthan got a convincing win.

Sanju Samson smashed 74 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and scored 85 against Kings XI Punjab. Captain Smith also scored an innings of 50 runs against Punjab.

For KXIP, Mayank Agarwal had scored a ton and it was his first century in the IPL. The right-handed Mayank hit 106 off 50 balls with 10 fours and 7 sixes to take the team’s score to 223/2.

Rajasthan have now won their opening two matches in the ongoing edition of the IPL. The next match will be against Kolkata Knight Riders on 30 September, while Kings XI Punjab will face Mumbai Indians on 1 October.

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