Ross Taylor Admits He Might Have Retired If New Zealand Had Won 2019 ODI World Cup

Ross Taylor, a New Zealand middle-order batsman has stated that he might have retired from international cricket if his side had won the 2019 ODI World Cup. Two years after the heartbreaking disappointment at Lord’s, New Zealand is set to play India in another ICC tournament summit clash. The inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final, beginning at Southampton on Friday, will be New Zealand’s third final at a world event in six years. Ross Taylor Admits It Was Disappointing To Lose 2019 World Cup Final After losing the 2015 World Cup final against Australia, New Zealand beat India in the

Ross Taylor Admits He Might Have Retired If New Zealand Had Won 2019 ODI World Cup

Ross Taylor, a New Zealand middle-order batsman has stated that he might have retired from international cricket if his side had won the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Two years after the heartbreaking disappointment at Lord’s, New Zealand is set to play India in another ICC tournament summit clash. The inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final, beginning at Southampton on Friday, will be New Zealand’s third final at a world event in six years.

Ross Taylor: REUTERS/Ross Setford.

Ross Taylor Admits It Was Disappointing To Lose 2019 World Cup Final

After losing the 2015 World Cup final against Australia, New Zealand beat India in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup to set up a grand finale date with hosts England.

The final ended in a tie, following which the teams tussled in a Super Over which also ended in a stalemate. England was eventually crowned 2019 World Cup champions on the pre-decided “boundary count” rule which was scrapped later.

“It was disappointing to have lost that match at Lord’s a couple of years ago. I guess, when you lose, you feel that it might be the last time you are playing a World Cup final, so it is nice for me to be here.

“If we did win that game, I might have retired after that. I am glad I did not, and I am here today,” said  Ross Taylor during a virtual press conference.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In a career spanning over a decade-and-a-half, Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s most-capped cricketer with 442 international matches across all formats. The 37-year-old is also his country’s leading run-scorer in international cricket and is just four runs shy of recording 18,000 international runs.

Ross Taylor Looking Forward To The Challenge Of Meeting Fantastic Side India In The WTC Final

Ross Taylor called India a “fantastic side” as he praised the Kiwis’ WTC final opponent, and hailed their win in Australia last season which was great to watch. The Kiwi batsman believes the Indian side has all the necessary ingredients to excel in the WTC final.

“India has been a fantastic side for a long period of time — not only their batters but also their bowlers. They won a series against Australia in its home summer, and it was great to watch. It was nice for the New Zealand public to see some world-class bowling against a very good Australian attack.”

Ross Taylor added that India had a fair lot of success in England as well. He also stated that he was sure the Indian bowlers would have enjoyed the swing and the bounce that the Dukes’ ball offers.

“We are looking forward to the challenge. You go through the Indian line-up, and there are just world-class players throughout. Whatever side they decide to go with, it will have world-class players. India has been a world No.1 side for a long time. They will be very tough opposition,” Ross Taylor added.

Even with a second-string side in the absence of injury-hit players, India beat the mighty Australian side at home in the 2020/21 season to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The victory also helped the side earn crucial points in the WTC and boosted their chances of making it to the tournament final. However, India comes into this game having not contested a single Test match since February-March 2021 against England at home.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Image Source: AP IMAGE

New Zealand, on the other hand, beat England at Birmingham less than a week ago to win their first series in the country in 22 years. The 1-0 series win also helped them displace India from the No.1 Test spot. Ross Taylor believes the England series has helped them acclimatize to the conditions ahead of the WTC final.

“It was an ideal preparation, having played two Test matches against England in these conditions. Cannot think of anything better,” Ross Taylor further added.

Currently ranked 19th in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, Ross Taylor will be playing his 108th Test for New Zealand when New Zealand meets India at Southampton. Already New Zealand’s highest run-getter in Test cricket, Ross Taylor is only the fourth Black Caps cricketer after the likes of , Daniel Vettori, and Brendon McCullum to play over 100 Tests for his nation.

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Brad Hogg Would Have 4 Quicks And One Spinner If WTC Final Is Held In Overcast Conditions And Would Bring In 2nd Spinner If Weather Is Sunny

Brad Hogg, former Australian leg-spinner picked India’s bowling attack for the WTC final against New Zealand based on possible conditions. The anticipation surrounding the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final between Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson-led New Zealand continues to grow at a meteoric rate. Numerous conversations include discussions on the Indian bowling attack in particular as the cricket fraternity tries to solve the conundrum of whether India needs to play four seamers or three pacers with two spinners. The latest person to jump on the bandwagon is former Australia spinner Brad Hogg. Brad Hogg Would Have 4 Quicks And 1 Spinner

Brad Hogg Would Have 4 Quicks And One Spinner If WTC Final Is Held In Overcast Conditions And Would Bring In 2nd Spinner If Weather Is Sunny

Brad Hogg, former Australian leg-spinner picked India’s bowling attack for the WTC final against New Zealand based on possible conditions. The anticipation surrounding the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final between Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson-led New Zealand continues to grow at a meteoric rate.

Numerous conversations include discussions on the Indian bowling attack in particular as the cricket fraternity tries to solve the conundrum of whether India needs to play four seamers or three pacers with two spinners. The latest person to jump on the bandwagon is former Australia spinner Brad Hogg.

Brad Hogg (PTI Photo)

Brad Hogg Would Have 4 Quicks And 1 Spinner In Ravindra Jadeja If WTC Final Is In Overcast Conditions

Brad Hogg reasoned that India should go with four seamers in case conditions are overcast in Southampton, while discussing India’s bowling attack on his YouTube channel.

“The balance of the bowling attack for India that I would see playing in this World Test Championship final will be in overcast conditions, that’s the weather report. I would have four quicks and one spinner.

“I would go with Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj instead of Shardul Thakur. I would have Ravindra Jadeja as the fifth bowling option because you need that extra batting on that day in the Indian batting line-up,” Brad Hogg claimed.

Shardul Thakur | Twitter
Shardul Thakur | Twitter

Experts have also brought pace all-rounder Shardul Thakur into their discussion while deciding between him and Mohammed Siraj. Addressing the topic, Brad Hogg preferred the latter as he feels Shardul Thakur may not be fit enough to bowl long spells. While Mohammed Siraj picked 13 scalps and was the leading wicket-taker in the Australia tour, Shardul Thakur chipped in with 7 scalps. Shardul Thakur has been later omitted from the 15 men final squad.

“I don’t think Shardul Thakur would be fit enough if he has to bowl long spells to get through the five days. I just think Siraj has got a better engine. Plus Siraj has led the Indian attack when the big boys weren’t there, and I think he has to be rewarded,” Brad Hogg explained.

The players to miss out from the original 20-member squad that has toured England are Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal, and Washington Sundar.

Brad Hogg: Ravichandran Ashwin Comes In For Mohammed Siraj If Conditions Are Sunny For The 5 Days

Former left-arm spinner Brad Hogg, however, commented that if the conditions are sunny, he would bring in a second spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
“But if it looks as though it is going to be sunny for the five days, then I would go with three quicks and two spinners. Ravichandran Ashwin comes in for Siraj,” Brad Hogg concluded.

The grand finale, which will bring down the curtains on a two-year-long tournament, will be played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The match is slated to begin on June 18. It will be followed by a five-match Test series between India and England.

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