Jonty Rhodes recalls his acrobatic run out of Inzamam

Jonty Rhodes recalls his incredibly acrobatic run out of Inzamam-ul-Haq South Africa Pakistan cricket

Jonty Rhodes: “Inzi surprised me by his speed and that’s why I had to dive through the air and ran him out”

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Jonty Rhodes, arguably the best fielder South Africa has ever produced, recalled running out former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq in spectacular fashion during the 1992 World Cup.

Rhodes flew through the air and demolished the stumps to catch Inzamam short of his crease.

His acrobatic run out is considered to be one of the greatest pieces of fielding in international cricket.

Rhodes’ run out of Inzamam was crucial as the latter was on 48 at the time.

South Africa ended up winning the match by 20 runs after a revised target was set for Pakistan.

The Proteas scored 211/7 off their 50 overs, while Pakistan needed 194 runs from 36 overs, but could only make 173/8.

Reminiscing about that highlight of his career, Rhodes was quoted by the Pakistan Super League (PSL) website as saying: “I don’t think Inzi was a slow runner. He was 19 at that time. We had not seen him before, so it wasn’t the case of he was not good at running.

“There was a bit of thunderstorm, so the ball was wet and we needed a wicket as Inzamam and Imran Khan were taking Pakistan to our total.

“So, we were battling to get a breakthrough. I felt if I threw at the stumps, that there was a chance that I might miss. I could see from the corner of my eye that Imran did not move from the crease. So, Inzi had to move back and I had to come from the circle. But, Inzi surprised me by his speed and that’s why I had to dive through the air and ran him out.”

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