Jonty Rhodes names his newborn baby girl 'India'

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Mumbai, April 24: Former South African batsman Jonty Rhodes has named his newborn baby girl as "India".

Rhodes, who is now the fielding coach of IPL team Mumbai Indians (MI) tweeted last night (April 23) that he has become a father.

File photo: Rhodes (left) with Sachin Tendulkar during a fielding session with MI team

"@mipaltan good luck tonight from baby Rhodes!! India Jeanne Rhodes born 3:29pm weighing 3.7kg! Mum and baby perfect #ApunKaSuperstars," Rhodes tweeted on Thursday ahead of MI's match against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi. MI lost the game by 37 runs.

Rhodes' wife Melanie Jeanee delivered the baby at a Santa Cruz hospital in Mumbai on Thursday, "The Times of India" reported today.

'The baby girl, born by natural water birth, at 3.29 pm weighs 3.71 kg. The couple are extremely overwhelmed and thrilled about the new addition to the family,'' Dr Bhupendra Avasthi of Surya Mother and Child Care hospital at Santa Cruz (W) told the newspaper.

''Birthing in water is considered to be one of the most beneficial options for a woman and her baby. It creates a naturally calm and peaceful atmosphere and allows the freedom of movement and pain release,'' Dr Avasthi added.

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