Jonty Rhodes steps down from Mumbai Indians' fielding coach role

The three-time IPL champion has named James Pamment as the fielding coach of the side for IPL 2018.

New Zealand's James Pamment has replaced Rhodes as Mumbai's new fielding coach, after the former South Africa worldwide expressed his desire to move on from his role with the team and focus on other 'personal business ventures'.

"Over the last nine years, Mumbai Indians has set sporting benchmarks both on and off the field, and personally, it's been quite a remarkable journey for me to work with fantastic set of individuals like Sachin (Tendulkar), Rohit (Sharma), Anil (Kumble), Ricky (Ponting), Mahela (Jayawardane) and all the support staff and players over the years", Rhodes said.

Jonty, who has seen Mumbai rise from sleeping giants to become the IPL's successful side, said it was "heartening to see the players buying into my methods" while at Mumbai Indians over the past nine seasons. He further said: "Jonty has been a pillar of strength and energy for MI".

"It has been a remarkable journey with Mumbai Indians, one that I will cherish all my life", reminisced Rhodes.

James Pamment, former New Zealand cricketer.

On the other hand, Pamment said that it was an honour to join the Mumbai Indians set-up. His contribution can not be valued in words.

He retired from worldwide cricket after the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, and has been into coaching after having worked with Standard Chartered Bank as an Account Executive.

Ambani also added that, "What impressed us was the way James had coached Northern Districts in [the] Champions League T20 in 2014". He played for Auckland for four years from 1993 and was High Performance Coach Bay of Plenty Cricket Association from 2006 to 2009.

His success at the domestic level landed him opportunities with New Zealand Cricket, and he worked closely with New Zealand Under-19, New Zealand A and the men's national teams, with focus on specialist fielding skills.

"He (Rhodes) has instilled a brilliant work culture among the players, on and off the field, and the results are out there for everyone to see".