Ross Taylor squashed retirement talks, says enjoying the WTC glorious title triumph

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New Zealand middle order star batsman Ross Taylor squashed talks about his retirement & said that he still “loves the game” and wants “to learn and get better”. Ross played a crucial role in New Zealand’s glorious triumph over India in the WTC final at Southampton by scoring an unbeaten 47 runs in the second innings & supporting Kane Williamson on the field till the winning target was achieved.

Even during the second test of the two-match test series against England, Ross Taylor had scored 80 runs in the first innings to give New Zealand a massive lead. Earlier Ross Taylor has said that the 2019 World Cup Final against England at Lord’s not turned out as it was expected so he might have retired after that tournament.

However, on Wednesday, Ross Taylor said, “It`s (WTC final win) still sinking in that we can call ourselves world champions, but I`m still loving the game of cricket. I still want to learn and get better, so that`s a good sign. But, yeah, at this stage I just want to keep playing cricket, whatever level that is, for as long as I can…

“New Zealanders for whatever reason retire at 34 or 35, and once I got to 37 I can understand why they do — you get asked the question a lot, your age comes into question a lot more when you do things exactly the same as what you were doing two years ago, but you`re doing them wrong because of your age, which is sometimes a bit hard to swallow. Regardless of when I do pull up stumps, I still feel like I can play domestic cricket, I still love playing for my country and I still love playing for Central Districts as well.”

The WTC Final was not less than a roller-coaster ride for both the teams, with washed-out days & reserve day in the offering. However, due to consistency & determination, the Black Caps managed to win the WTC final by eight wickets. New Zealand took a 32 runs lead in the first innings after registering a total of 249 runs in response to India’s 217 all-out. However, in the second innings, India was wrapped up for 170 runs leaving New Zealand with an average target of 139 runs to win the marquee final.

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