Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took to Twitter to wish a two-year-old girl on her birthday. But the little girl in this case was none other than the daughter of legendary South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes, who has named her India.
Happy birthday to India, from India. https://t.co/DbOZFEKLe9
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 23, 2017
Modi had tagged Rhodes on Twitter with the caption, "Happy Birthday to India, from India". The legendary South African cricketer, who was known for his athletic fielding, later thanked Modi for the birthday wishes.
India Jeanne was born in a Santacruz hospital in suburban Mumbai in 2015. As the fielding coach of the Mumbai Indians, Rhodes has spent time travelling across India. A NDTV report added that the Rhodes had expressed his fondness for India's culture and hence he decided to name the baby after the country.
"“It is a very spiritual country, very forward-thinking nation. I really like that combination. You have to have a good balance of life. With the name like India, she will have the best of both worlds and that sort of balance," various media outlets had quoted him as saying.
Rhodes represented South Africa between 1992 and 2003, after its re-entry into international cricket, playing in 52 Tests and 245 ODIs. An exceptional fielder, the right-hand batsman grabbed the headlines with his fieldwork during the 1992 World Cup, when he famously ran out Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq.