New Zealand veteran batsman Ross Taylor has fully committed himself in getting his nation over the line at the ICC events. As he prepares for the ICC World Test Championship final against India starting on the 18th of June, Ross Taylor has looked back on the 2019 World Cup final at the Lord’s. The right-handed batsman stated he might have quit international cricket had the Kiwis lifted the trophy that year.
After losing to Australia in the 2015 World Cup final at the MCG, New Zealand had the opportunity to lift the trophy four years later at the Lord’s against England. But Ross Taylor, who was part of both the teams that reached the decider, could not help New Zealand translate it to a win. The Black Caps lost to England due to the hosts’ superior boundary count following the match and super over being tied.
Ross Taylor revealed that it was disappointing to lose that game at the Lord’s and felt it was the last time he played in the World Cup final. However, the 107-Test veteran feels excellent as he looks forward to another decider. Taylor stated that he might have retired had New Zealand emerged victorious at the Lord’s and is glad he did not, given there is another final on the cards.
“It was disappointing to have lost that match at Lord’s a couple of years ago. I guess, when you lose, you feel that it might be the last time you are playing a World Cup final, so it is nice for me to be here. If we did win that game, I might have retired after that. I am glad I did not, and I am here today,” Taylor said in a virtual press conference.
We are looking forward to the challenge: Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor heaps praises on the Indian side, remarking that there are world-class players throughout as even their bench strength us outstanding. The veteran said that since they have been a number one side for a long time now, they should be a tough opposition.
“We are looking forward to the challenge. You go through the Indian line-up, and there are just world-class players throughout. Whatever side they decide to go with, it will have world-class players. India has been a world No.1 side for a long time. They will be very tough opposition,” he added.