Ross Taylor, the veteran New Zealand batter, bid farewell to cricket today after playing 16 years of splendid cricket. Fittingly, in his final match, he took a catch to seal his team’s victory over the Netherlands by 115 runs. Ross has 40 international centuries to his name alongside three double centuries and 93 half-centuries.
After winning the toss, New Zealand went on to score 333 after eight wicket loss with Martin Guptill and Will Young scoring centuries for themselves. In the final ODI match of the series, Matt Henry took 4 wickets as the Netherlands was bowled out for 218 to hand New Zealand a comfortable 115-run victory at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Speaking about his teammate, New Zealand opening batsman, Martin Guptill expressed his emotions and shared a heartfelt tribute to Ross Taylor. He stated it will be even tougher to accept when the players will wake up the next day to realise that the legendary cricketer will no more be part of the group.
“This is it; this is the last time we saw him walk out of the New Zealand team. It’ll be even more emotional when we wake up tomorrow morning and Ross is no longer going to be there. It will be tough, but we will have a good night tonight celebrating the Netherlands vs New Zealand series,” Guptill said.
He has been phenomenal, says Guptill of Taylor
Martin Guptill further termed Ross Taylor as a legendary cricketer and hoped that they will catch up with each other off the field in the near future. “Rosco (Ross Taylor) is an absolute legend and all of us are going to miss him around the group. He has been phenomenal and absolutely lovely and hopefully we can catch up over the coming years,” Guptill added.
However, it wasn’t a memorable farewell series for Taylor with the veteran managing to score only 26 runs in three innings of the series.