Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes celebrated his daughter’s second birthday on Sunday. The 47-year-old shared a candid photo with the 2-year-old and many on Twitter sent their love and wishes for her.
But a special birthday wish came from the 1.2 billion people of the country she was named after. PM Narendra Modi wished the 2-year-old, who is named India, and said, “Happy Birthday to India, From India”. PM Modi’s birthday tweet was retweeted 6,300 times in less than 12 hours.
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) April 23, 2017
Responding to PM Modi’s Tweet, Jonty Rhodes thanked him for the birthday wishes and the blessings of people. He also added an interesting hashtag referring to PM Modi’s flagship scheme.
He wrote, “Thank u @narendramodi ji; baby India really has been blessed in the land of her birth, by so many amazing people #makeinindia”
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) April 24, 2017
India Jeanne was born in 2015 at a hospital in Mumbai. Jonty Rhodes has been the fielding coach for IPL team Mumbai Indians and has spent a lot of time travelling the country during the tournament.
The former cricketer loves the rich mix of culture, heritage and tradition in India. And it was because of this fondness for the country, he named his daughter India.
“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,” he had said.
Jonty Rhodes’ social media profile is full of photos of his daughter spending time in India.