Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten 47 and added an unbeaten 96 run stand Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson to beat India by 8 wickets in the ICC World Test Championship final. In the process, the Kiwis won the inaugural edition of the tournament as well. The Kiwis were the first team to get into the final and they prevailed in the final as well which was played over six days with inclement weather playing its part.
Ross Taylor, who had been on the receiving end of a lot of heartbreak in the past with the New Zealand team found a reason to smile as he came up with an important contribution on the last day of the final. He batted for 100 balls and scored 47 in a winning cause.
Ross Taylor spoke about his feelings about winning the final. He said that the feeling is yet to sink in as to what has been a long journey personally for him.
“Still sinking in (the feeling being crowned World Champions), but it’s been a long way. Long journey over a couple of years. Lot of rain for a couple days here, but I thought the way team fought from Day 1 and to be with Kane – who has been a fantastic leader for this team for a long time, to be out there in a pressure situation is something I wouldn’t forget. It would have to be a highlight to say you are a world champions. Start of my career we probably didn’t think we there with this quality, but we built a team and stuck together. This is probably for the fans, stuck with us through thick and thin. Hopefully few Kiwis waking up to be proud of us. It wasn’t easy to start (when he went in to bat today) and Kane kept reiterating that stick in there it will get easier” said Taylor.
Winning World Test Championship Makes Up For 2019 World Cup Final Loss: Ross Taylor
He lauded the Indian team for the way they played in the final further saying that winning the WTC final makes up for their ICC World Cup 2019 loss against England in the final.
Classy Indian side, never gave up. They put us under a lot of pressure. I said to Kane I felt like I had to get forward, definitely took off. World-class bowler, thanks to my helmet for saving me. Something I won’t forget and nice to carry through to the end. I won’t forget that. 2019 World Cup was something very tough for us, this makes up for that.” concluded Taylor.