- Sep 23, 2023
Ross Taylor has scored the most runs, made the most centuries and taken the most catches by a New Zealander in International cricket. He’s the first New Zealand cricketer to play 450 International matches. He’s the first player from any country to make 100 International appearances in all three formats of the game: Test cricket, one-day internationals and T20 internationals.
The numbers are extraordinary but they don’t tell the whole story. They don’t capture the unlikely, if not unique, aspects of Ross Taylor’s journey to becoming one of our true sporting great.
- The part-Samoan youngster, brought up in humble circumstances and a loving and supportive family environment, who quickly made his mark in a predominantly white sport.
- The dashing batsman who found fame and fortune amidst the glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League, then adapted his game in order to realize his ambition of becoming a champion in the most demanding format, test cricket.
- The young captain whose dream of leading his country turned into a nightmare that took a heavy toll on his well-being.
- The resilient performer who overcame rejection and adversity to play a central role in New Zealand cricket’s golden era.
Ross Taylor has to be one of the unsung heroes of this decade in international cricket. The bloke has over 6000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, at an average of 48 and 45 respectively. He loves to play the slog sweep which is one of his trademark shots. The Kiwi batter has had an accomplished career across all formats of the game. He was also a crowd favorite for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Intial years of the Indian 20-20 League