Ross Taylor is hailed as one of the greatest batsmen New Zealand has produced and is the leading run-scorer for the Kiwis in both Test cricket as well as in ODIs. The middle-order batsman has amassed over 17,000 international runs while donning the Kiwi jersey in 101 Tests, 232 ODIs and 100 T20Is.
Taylor was a part of the ODI series against Australia, which was called off after the first game in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Australia won that contest by 71 runs and it turned out to be the last international cricket match.
Meanwhile, cricketers have been left with no choice but to spend time at home until the action resumes. Amid the pandemic situation, Taylor was involved in a chat with Cricingif where he answered a barrage of questions.
In his impressive career so far, he has faced several legendary bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Anil Kumble, Dale Steyn, Shane Warne, Shoaib Akhtar, Muttiah Muralitharan, James Anderson and others.
But the three bowlers who have troubled Taylor the most are Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga and Dale Steyn. Muralitharan is the most decorated bowler in the history of the game. The former Sri Lanka spinner has picked up more than 1,300 wickets in his illustrious career.
On the other hand, Steyn is South Africa’s all-time highest wicket-taker in Tests and is widely regarded as the best fast-bowler of the modern era. Malinga has been equally impressive and is one of the best in the limited-overs format.
“Both Murali and Malinga are hard to pick up because of their unique bowling actions. Talking about Steyn, it’s obviously the pace and consistency which the pacer possesses,” said the 36-year-old during an interview with Cricingif.
The past season was the one to remember for the New Zealand stalwart as he amassed 1389 runs across the three formats. Despite missing out on lifting the 2019 World Cup trophy by a thinnest of margins, Taylor’s batting expeditions earned him his third Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in May this year.