Ross Taylor is one of the most loved cricketers in the world. In his long and successful career, which is still going strong, Taylor has won the love and respect of cricket fans across the world through his cricketing skills and gentlemanly conduct on the field.
In the recently concluded Test series against Australia, Ross Taylor became the leading run-scorer ever for New Zealand in Test cricket. Taylor has been a great servant for New Zealand and also a great ambassador for the game of cricket. In the last Test match of the recently concluded series against Australia, Ross Taylor increased his tally of runs to 7,174 runs, two more than former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming’s tally of 7,172 runs. Taylor is also New Zealand’s top scorer in ODIs with a tally of 8,376 runs.
While addressing the media after his achievement, Ross Taylor broke down and remembered his mentor and one of the best batsmen’s game’s history, Martin Crowe.
“My goal was to play one test match. I guess it’s an emotional time because my mentor Martin Crowe, that was one of the goals he put down for me was to be New Zealand’s highest test run-scorer. To be honest, I didn’t believe him, but I’d have loved for him to be here and help celebrate,” Ross Taylor said.
“When I first played for New Zealand I’d had a pretty decent one-day career and only scored three or four first-class hundreds and Twenty20 was just coming through. I always thought I was good enough to play one-day cricket, but Test cricket was something I was never quite sure if I was good enough. That’s why I’d seek Martin’s help to become a better player than the raw, gay abandon player that I was as a youngster,” he added.
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— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 7, 2020
And here’s how Twitterati reacted:
Ross Taylor always came across as a quietly spoken, kind man-a lot like his mentor Martin. Didn’t have the best tour here this year, but will go down as one of the best batsman of his generation, and a true gentleman to match. His 290 at the WACA will live long in the memory https://t.co/pWhsfYtyFF
— Dechair (@DechlanBrennan) January 7, 2020
Nice recognition from Ross Taylor for Martin Crowe.
— My name is Scott and I'm a Tweetaholic (@LostArcNZ) January 7, 2020
You can see what it means to Ross Taylor and how much it would have meant to his mentor the late, great Martin Crowe. Every autobiography I read of a legend who played at the same time as the Kiwi ranks him as one of the best they ever played against. Special player and person
— HassanHusseinQureshi (@HtotheQ) January 7, 2020
I know they've just been hammered, but these guys are the most humble on Earth. Ross Taylor has been criminally underrated for about a decade now aswell https://t.co/huHP8PUiGs
— Don Uzi (@uzairdonuzi) January 7, 2020
Ross Taylor at his best https://t.co/f5D0AQh0ls
— ravi singh (@Imravi_singh07) January 7, 2020
Emotional Taylor channels mentor Crowe after becoming top run-scorer: Ross Taylor was overcome by emotion as he recalled a conversation at the start of his career with mentor Martin Crowe https://t.co/uXY2nKeT55 pic.twitter.com/bvFpS4VcCU
— Cricket news (@cricket_news112) January 7, 2020