New Zealand’s middle-order batsman Ross Taylor has etched his name in record books as he became the first cricketer to play 100 international matches in all three formats. And to make sure that the moment becomes memorable for Taylor, New Zealand cricket fraternity came up with a special gesture for him.
The batting star Taylor was presented with hundred different wine bottles, one for each Test he has played so far.
I’ll need some help drinking – Ross Taylor
When asked what he planned to do with it, Taylor said he was going to need some help drinking his way through them.
The 35-year-old recently played his 100th T20I game against India on February two and also featured in 231 ODIs for New Zealand.
Taylor has scored 8,570 runs in the 50-over format with an average of 48.69 while he amassed 1,909 runs in the shortest format of the game.
In the longest format of the game, he has scored 7,174 runs with an average of 46.28 including 19 tons and 33 fifties.
“Really excited about the occasion. It’s not a great sign when you wake up in the morning and there’s some rain around. Ian Smith said a few words at an event last night, and it was very nice for the team and the family to experience something they might never do again. I’ll need some help drinking (the hundred bottles of wine), but they can be stored for a while.”
“It keeps the tradition from Fleming, Brendon (McCullum) and Daniel Vettori who all played over a hundred Tests each and hopefully we can celebrate this one with a win,” replied Taylor.
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Besides Taylor, McCullum, Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori have played 101, 111, and 112 Tests respectively for New Zealand.
As far as the game is concerned, New Zealand are well on top in the ongoing game at Basin Reserve. On the tough pitch, India’s top-order faltered once again with debutant Kyle Jamieson taking the honours.
Earlier, day one was called off due to inclement weather. India will resume from their overnight score of 122 for five on Saturday.