New Zealand cricket team’s star batsman Ross Taylor has reached yet another milestone. The cricketer became the most-capped player of the New Zealand cricket team across all three formats of the game.
The seasoned player achieved the feat during the first Test knockout between New Zealand and Pakistan on Saturday at the Bay Oval. Taylor completed his 438th match to break the record of the most number of matches played by a Kiwi which was previously held by Daniel Vettori. Vettori, the former captain of the New Zealand team had been capped 437 times before announcing his retirement.
The Black Caps took to Twitter to announce Taylor’s one of the career-defining records. Here’s the Tweet:
While it is his 438th match, Taylor is playing his 104th Test match. Although he Kiwis did not have a great start, Taylor and skipper Kane Williamson managed to give the team a decent push and keep it together for the team. The two stitched a partnership of more than 100 runs.
“My mentor, Martin Crowe, always used to say records are meant to be broken for the next guy to come beat. Whatever the number of games I end up on, hopefully, Kane (Williamson) and whoever comes through can beat that and keep setting the bar higher,” Taylor had expressed his view on the latest record.
The 36-year old is approaching his retirement but plans to finish his career after playing the 2023 World Cup. He has represented the team for almost 14 years now and been the backbone of the team. He has played 232 ODIs and 102 T20Is.