Jonty Rhodes was live on Instagram with former Zimbabwe pacer Pommie Mbangwa when he was asked to name the greatest fielder of all the time to which AB De Villiers.
Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes has said that according to him AB De Villiers is an all-time greatest fielder in his opinion. Rhodes was doing a live Instagram chat with former Zimbabwe pacer Pommie Mabngwa when he was asked to name the greatest fielder of all time. The greatest fielder of time? AB de Villiers. He is a wicket-keeper, he is at slip, he fields at mid-off, long-on, the guy is the greatest of all time,” Rhodes told Mbangwa.
Jonty Rhodes further added, “Andrew Symonds was the first guy I saw who could field at every position. He could field at the boundary as he had a strong arm. For a huge body like Symonds, it takes great efforts to dive at full length”. Further elaborating his point, Jonty Rhodes said that AB De Villiers understand the game very well.
“I loved the way Suresh Raina fielded but when the best fielder is talked about it is AB De Villiers he just moves so well, I think someone like Ben Stokes is at all the hotspots, AB de Villiers reads the game as well, and he is a batsman so that helps him in reading the game, from my perspective, De Villiers has to be the best fielder,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes is viewed as the greatest fielder in the world and during his playing days, the former South African Cricketer made the backward point position his own. During the Road Safety World Series earlier this year Rhodes was also the part of South Africa Legends side & his love for fielding is visible through his performance. He was also seen flying around & showing a remarkable sense of fielding.
The International Star AB De Villiers had announced his retirement from international cricket on May 23rd, 2018.