Ross Taylor, a former New Zealand batsman, recently published his autobiography, “Ross Taylor: Black & White,” which included some previously unrevealed details about his cricket career.
Taylor said that if the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise had acquired him in the 2011 Indian Premier League season, he would have played the competition for a longer period.
The Indian Premier League (IPL), which has been running for 15 years, is now a staple of the cricket season for both those new to the sport and those who have been involved from the beginning. Ross Taylor is a former New Zealand cricketer who played for four different franchises and amassed over 1000 runs throughout his seven-year participation in the IPL.
Taylor has recently been making news after the publication of Ross Taylor: Black & White, his new autobiography co-written with Paul Thomas, in which he made another significant disclosure regarding the IPL.
‘There is loyalty towards long-serving players’: Ross Taylor
Taylor started in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008 and remained with them for the following two seasons before switching to Rajasthan Royals in 2011. The legendary New Zealander did, however, acknowledge that he had hoped to remain at RCB for a fourth straight season.
According to his opinion, he would have had a lengthier IPL career if he had stayed at RCB, where he amassed 517 runs in 22 innings with two fifty-plus scores.
“While it was incredible to go for a million dollars, I would have been better off in the long run if RCB had gotten me for US$950,000. It would have been my fourth year with them if they had. While the IPL is not sentimental, long-serving players are loyal, and as a one-franchise player, I would have had a longer IPL career.”
“However, if I had stayed at RCB, I would not have had the opportunity to play with legends like Virender Sehwag, Shane Warne, Mahela Jayawardene, and Yuvraj Singh,” Taylor wrote in his book, an excerpt of which was published on Stuff.co.NZ.
Taylor went on to play for the Delhi Daredevils in 2012 before being traded to the Pune Warriors India. He returned to Delhi in 2014, his final IPL season.