With 18054 international runs, in a career of more than 15 years, Ross Taylor is New Zealand‘s leading runmaker of all time. It was only fitting that he won the ICC World Cup final – New Zealand’s first major ICC title since the 2000 Knockout Cup – against In the by The Ageas Bowl. He had Kane Williamson, his skipper and New Zealand’s third highest runmaker, at the end of the non-goal scorer.
While BJ Watling, 35, announced his premeditated retirement after the WTC final, thoughts arose that 37-year-old Ross Taylor could also hang up his boots. In the final, however, the referee was not entirely sure whether it would possibly be his last match or whether he would continue his career.
“I wanted to go in there and do what I could and just do what was in front of me. “While it was my last game and I put that extra pressure on myself, it would have made it even harder mentally to get through,” Ross Taylor told 1 News.
“I’m happy with the decisions I’ve made and whatever happens for a reason – whatever happens in the coming months is what it is.”
Many players in the past tell me that you have long since retired: Ross Taylor
However, Ross Taylor is sure of one thing: he has more gas in the tank. The born Wellington reveals that former Kiwi cricketers, who retired at the age of 34 and a little later, belittled him to extend his career beyond 35.
Ross Taylor does not pay much attention to them and continues to work on his form and fitness. With the experience and importance of the right hand, he will probably play ODI cricket for a few more years.
‘A lot of players from the past tell me you’re retired a long time ago, and a lot of them have told me that they feel they’re retiring too early. I still love playing cricket and still feel I have to give something to this game.
‘Both in and out of the field. Regardless of when I pull up stumps, I feel like I can play domestic cricket. I still love playing for my country, and I also love playing for Central Districts.
‘Non-Zealanders, for whatever reason, are likely to retire at 34, 35. Once I’m 37, I can understand why they do it. You are asked the question a lot.
“Y“Our age is much more relevant when you do things exactly the same as you did two years ago, but you do it wrong because of your age – which is a little difficult to swallow,” he added.