Ross Taylor was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee medal ‘New Zealand Cricket’s Top award’ in a virtual ceremony which was held online because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Veteran batsman Ross Taylor won New Zealand Cricket’s top cricketer award for the third time on Friday and he pledged to bat for blackcaps until the 2023 World Cup which is going to held in India. Ross Taylor was a key player of New Zealand’s journey to the Second World Cup final which was held in July, where they lost to England on the back of an uncertain boundary countback rule.
In the past 12 months, Ross became New Zealand’s most promising test run-scorer and entered his name in the record books as the first cricketer to play 100 internationals in all the three formats of the game.
“It’s an amazing year which is full of ups and downs”, Ross Taylor said. After facing three-time defeats in World Cup knockout matches, Taylor is hoping that the third time he can achieve his target and hail victory in the 2023 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in India.
“The biggest thing, I think is the hunger and the mental motivation to keep getting better and doing better, if that’s still there then age is just a number”, he told media reporters. Ross Taylor said that he would continue to remain the part of the New Zealand team as long as he feels that he deserves his spot and he was contributing to the team.
“I will see if I can get to age 38 or 39 when there will be the next World Cup and we will see from there how it goes further”, he said. Highlighting Ross Taylor’s career achievements, he has made his International debut in the year 2006 and has since played 101 test matches, 232 one day matches, and 100 T20s.