Jonty Rhodes named his daughter India.

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:25 GMT, Apr 27, 2015 |

Jonty Rhodes seems to have made a life-long connection with India after he named his newborn daughter ‘India Jeanne Rhodes’. The legendary South African fielder enjoys as much fan following as Indian cricketers after joining Mumbai Indians as its fielding coach.

Now, by naming his daughter India, he has only taken his love for his ‘second-home’ a notch higher. Speaking to mid-day after a Mumbai Indians training session at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday, Rhodes (45) explained why he chose to name his daughter India.

“I have spent a lot of time here. What I love about India is that it’s a rich mix of culture, heritage and tradition. 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,” an excited Rhodes said, before he took off on his Royal Enfield Bullet bike.

The former South African legendary fielder’s wife Melanie gave birth to a baby girl at Surya Mother and Child Care Hospital in Santacruz on Thursday.

Rhodes said his wife had no issues with naming their daughter after a country.