If there is one cricketer who seems to have been there forever, it has to be Ross Taylor. The 34-year old who already held the record for most centuries and half centuries for New Zealand added another milestone under his belt.
Taylor surpassed former captain, Stephen Fleming, to become the highest run scorer for New Zealand in the third ODI vs Bangladesh. The veteran batsman scored 69 runs which took him past Fleming's 8007 runs. His contribution also helped New Zealand get a clean sweep over Bangladesh in a three-match series.
What amazes us the most is Taylor's determination. After being dropped and getting stripped off the captaincy, the Black Caps' batsman didn't give up. Taylor kept on hustling and fighting, letting his bat do the talking. Putting aside his pride to operate in tandem with Brendon McCullum (the man who replaced him as skipper) is a clear example of his 'country first' attitude, proving that he is a class act.
In a post-match interview Ross said,“ I definitely would have taken that when I played my first match donkey's years ago. If you play long enough I guess these records come along but it's nice to set the bar for the next guy.”
Twitter didn't hold back when congratulating the Kiwi's batsman and appreciated his 'Never Give Up' attitude.
Classy.February 20, 2019
Can't Agree More
This guy Ross Taylor has been playing for ages.ðð— Maheshmello (@cheeku_243) February 20, 2019
Well, that explains it.
A few years ago, Ross Taylor was a dejected man after losing captaincy of his side. His form dipped and his place in the side was questioned.
Then he learnt to abuse in hindi, and the rest is history.
True.February 20, 2019
Congratulate Ross Taylor; a brilliant front-bencher leading the attitude era conveniently. ð https://t.co/57cVMTE90u— Debapriyo Choudhury (@debapriyo_tweet) February 20, 2019