In sports, every era has got few players, who later become the representatives of that particular era and act as a source of inspiration for the coming generations. Cricket is no different game. Comparisons are an integral part of the commentary sessions. Jonty Rhodes, however, has an entirely different opinion about such comparisons.
When asked to draw parallels between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, in a function organized by Velammal Vidyalaya in Chennai to facilitate the school’s achievers in the field of sports, he said,
“I am not a great believer of records and doesn’t like to compare players from different eras. They are wonderful players. Both are great in their own way. Tendulkar is Tendulkar and Virat is Virat.”
He rightly pointed out that Tendulkar started off his career at a very early age and gave good 24 years to the cricket. Virat, on the other hand, ‘started his career very well’and his run scoring ability is just amazing.
“Kohli must be just Kohli and should not be compared with Tendulkar”, Rhodes added.
50-overs cricket is in trouble, says Jonty:
The fielding legend talked about the range of issues and future of cricket was one of them. Interestingly, Jonty believes that it is the 50-overs cricket that is in trouble.
When asked about the future of Test cricket, Jonty said, “In my opinion, it is not Test cricket, but 50-overs cricket that is in trouble. T20 has changed the way the game is played now and Test cricket has become more exciting.”
Jonty believes that T20 cricket has brought some interesting changes in the sense that now, in Test cricket, players play with a lot of freedom. Jonty explained,
When I was playing in the last century, batsmen used to struggle in the 90s. The nervous nineties they called it. There were several batsmen who got out in the 90s. Now that is not the case. Sometimes, batsman reaches 100 from 94 with a single shot, a six. The players are very confident these days. I don’t think Test cricket is in trouble. In reality, 50-over cricket is in trouble
Currently, Jonty Rhodes is associated with TNPL franchise as a mentor.
There are many players who are often compared to the legends of the game like Kusal Perera to Sanath Jayasuriya and Ajinkya Rahane to Rahul Dravid. It is part of the game but at the same time, it is also a valid point that there is a generational gap between the players and each generation has its own challenges. Thus, comparison to a certain extent is fine but not beyond that.