New Zealand veteran batsman Ross Taylor played his last innings today i.e., on April 4, 2022, for the Black Caps on Monday. Taylor played his 450th match for New Zealand in Hamilton which happened to be his farewell game for his team.
The 37-year-old batter had earlier confirmed via his Twitter handle that the two-match Test series against Bangladesh will be the last in the whites. While the white-ball tour will find the final destination of his post-cricket career following the one-day international matches against Australia and the Netherlands in February and March respectively.
But there was more to Taylor and the energy he had created in his cricket career. In addition to his 131 unbeaten runs against Pakistan during the 2011 World Cup, where he scored his first 69 runs off 108 balls, followed by a punitive thunderstorm that cost him 62 runs in -16 next. No Pakistani bowler was spared including the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq, both penalized for 28 and 30 runs, respectively, during those 16 games. His prowess at number 4 during the game not only helped the Black Caps win by 110 runs but also earned him a “The Pallekele Plunderer” goalkeeper.
After all, the Black Caps star has given fans many reasons to celebrate his retirement and is also looking back on his achievements. His career was full of tons of sweeping slogans and driving a million, he never ran away from increasing the bandwidth of his play. You just don’t get past your heroes – Stephen Fleming, Martin Crowe, Brendan McCullum, Kane Williamson, and the list goes on.
His 18,173 overseas runs are close to one and surpass all NZ champions who have played the game many times. This powerful ability to score points by running, especially in all formats, demonstrates his long reign.