Ross Taylor, on Monday, bid adieu to international cricket after the third and final ODI between New Zealand and the Netherlands in Hamilton.
In an illustrious international career that spanned over 16 years, Ross Taylor represented New Zealand in 112 Tests, 236 ODIs and 102 T20Is, aggregating 18,199 runs across formats at an average of 42.72.
Even in his last match, Taylor wowed the crowd as he has done so often in the past with a vintage slog over mid-wicket for a six.
Taylor leaves having made a massive mark on world cricket – he is New Zealand's highest run-getter in Tests and ODIs as well as across all formats. Having played 450 matches in total, no Blackcaps player has more international caps.
Perhaps the pinnacle of his career came in 2021 when he hit the winning runs against India in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. New Zealand finally got their hands on ICC silverware, two years after the heartbreak that Taylor and the rest of the team suffered in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final against England.
A bonafide match-winner, Taylor always came in clutch for New Zealand – be it the 47* in the second inning of the WTC21 final or the semi-final of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in 2019, where he scored a 90-ball 74 to set India a competitive target on a challenging track.
His most memorable ODI innings came on his 27th birthday, where he picked apart the Pakistan bowling in the 2011 World Cup with an unbeaten 131.
As he bid adieu to the cricket in the final ODI against the Netherlands, wishes poured in from all corners of the world, paying tribute to the incredible career of Ross Taylor.
You’ve been a great ambassador of the game Ross! It was wonderful playing against you. The way you reinvented yourself over the years to adapt is an inspiration for all the young kids aspiring to be cricketers.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 4, 2022
Heartiest congratulations on a fabulous career. pic.twitter.com/RpB62iuuD0
Congrats on a great career @RossLTaylor - one of the finest players to represent the @BLACKCAPS! Ur ever joyful & positive mindset reflected in ur game too! I’ve cherished some gr8 moments with you in the dressing room. Wishing you & ur family all the best for the future mate👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/PPh0Fw02WG— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 4, 2022
Congratulations on your unforgettable career @RossLTaylor. You finish as an all-time @BLACKCAPS great and will continue to inspire future generations through your talent, hard work and dedication.— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) April 4, 2022
Fa'afetai lava, Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor pic.twitter.com/JwuPjURhj0
Congratulations on everything you've achieved, @RossLTaylor.— Marylebone Cricket Club (@MCCOfficial) April 4, 2022
From those early days as an MCC Young Cricketer, to scoring those thousands of runs for @BLACKCAPS.
A fine contributor to cricket 👏#CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/eMEyCL3Wzf
Congratulations on your wonderful and illustrious career, @RossLTaylor! 🤩🙌🏻— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 4, 2022
We wish you all the best for this next chapter in your life. Happy retirement legend! 🤜🏻🤛🏻#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #ThanksRosco pic.twitter.com/PDokf0MsXI
Ross Taylor bid goodbye at the top of his game, retiring as the World No.3 batter in ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings, where he has been ever-present in the top 10 since 2018.
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