Up till the notorious ‘bio-bubble’ season of 2021, Jonty Rhodes would take his Enfield out into the huge Indian nation, coming instantly in touch with the colourful tradition and norms of the nation.
Rhodes, one in every of cricket’s largest family names, started to expertise India in its essence solely after his retirement, curious concerning the nation from the minimal publicity he’d had up to now. “As a cricket player (when I used to come to the country) during my playing career, you would only see the airport, the cricket ground, and the hotel. And you wouldn’t really step outside any of that,” he stated.
Once retirement set in, issues modified for the legendary fielder. “I would go out, especially on a Saturday or a Sunday morning, with a group of riders, and try and experience as much of India as possible,” he defined. Finding these trysts with India to be rather more intimate at a ground-level than merely flying over, Rhodes started creating a extra profound religious reference to the nation he was visiting.
Growing up in an apartheid-era South Africa, the place communities have been divided on the traces of racial segregation, Rhodes discovered himself increasingly drawn to the variety in Indian society. “The diversity in India, across states, is pretty incredible. It is a great opportunity for me to come here and experience that diversity, because no matter how many times you come back to India, there is always something that surprises you,” he defined.
It didn’t assist that he fell in love with Indian meals, on the best way, together with his pleasant confession that he now solely eats native meals at any time when he takes a jaunt into the nation.
“From a spiritual point of view, it has definitely been an awakening where there is such diversity. And then experimenting with the food because when you came as a cricket player, you are always anxious about eating food, and don’t eat anything which is unfamiliar because you didn’t want to get sick or an upset stomach since one has a whole day of cricket ahead,” he added.
At his prime, Rhodes was maybe the world’s most well-known fielder within the sport of cricket. Now, one has to surprise if the previous cricketer would ever enterprise out into showbiz like a few of his friends.
“No, definitely not in India because I can’t dance. I move around a lot, but I’m not a very good dancer. And I think Bollywood requires, even if you are a hockey player or a runner, it still requires you to dance. So, I don’t have that aspiration,” he joked.