Former South Africa cricketer and current fielding coach of Mumbai Indians, Jonty Rhodes became a father for the third time after his wife Melanie Jeanne delivered a baby girl at a Mumbai hospital on Thursday evening (23rd April 2015). Rhodes, who has had a long association with India and is currently here as part of the Mumbai Indians support staff in IPL, named his newborn 'India Jeanne Rhodes'. Jonty has 2 sons from his first wife Kate McCarthy whom he divorced on 24 April 2013 after a 3.5 year separation.
Melanie opted for opted for water birthing at Surya Mother and Child Care Hospital in Santacruz on Thursday. The girl weighs 3.71 kg.
While wishing his Mumbai Indians side luck for their match against Delhi Daredevils, Rhodes tweeted the good news on Thursday. He wrote, "@mipaltan good luck tonight from baby Rhodes!! India Jeanne Rhodes born 3:29pm weighing 3.7kg! Mum and baby perfect #ApunKaSuperstars"
The fact that he had named his child 'India' led to Rhodes trending on Twitter trend, with most Twitterati calling the cricketer 'Father of the Nation'.
Here are some of the Tweets:
lindsay pereira @lindsaypereira: "Jonty Rhodes has named his daughter India. The BJP has reportedly claimed credit for this."
Singha @heisenjit: "Kim kardashian's daughter - North west; Jonty Rhodes daughter - India; my daughter - Continent kaur."
Right To Rebel @bprerna: "#JontyRhodes names his daughter #India. RSS objects. Says it should have been Bharat."
Sir Lazy @iLazyLad: "Jonty Rhodes names his daughter India. Alia Bhatt - So he's the 'Father of the Nation' now? :D"
Sand-d Singh @Sand_In_Deed: "Teacher: Who is the Father of India? Kid: Mahatma Gandhi. Teacher: GK padha karo, Ab Jonty Rhodes ho gaya hai."
Ayushmann Khurrana @ayushmannk: "Just got to know, the fielding genius, Jonty Rhodes, named his daughter INDIA! Ironically during his era Indians were the sloppiest fielders"
Ravi Subramanian @subramanianravi: "Now that Jonty Rhodes has named his daughter India.. will someone please stand up and protest ... Why didn't he name her Hindustan?"
Naveen Jindal @MPNaveenJindal: "Just read that cricketer Jonty Rhodes and his wife have named their newborn daughter 'India'. That's cute :)"
Ramesh Srivats @rameshsrivats: "Oh! Jonty Rhodes names his daughter India. So, Rhodes now has India.
But when will India have roads?"