Ross Taylor’s hilarious reaction: The veteran Kiwi batsman received a tempting gift for completing 100 Test matches.
The first Test match of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand in Wellington will be remembered for being veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor’s 100th Test match.
Apart from becoming the fourth Kiwi player (after Daniel Vettori, Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum) to play 100 Test matches, Taylor has also become the first-ever player to play 100 ODIs, 100 T20Is and 100 Test matches.
Having made his ODI and T20I debut at home in 2006, Taylor went on to play his maiden Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2007. Having scored 7,174 runs at an average of 46.28 including 19 centuries and 33 half-centuries, Taylor is already New Zealand’s highest run-scorer in Test matches.
Taylor, 35, received a tempting present from New Zealand on the historic occasion. The right-hand batsman received 100 bottles of wine, each one of them for a Test match each that Taylor has played.
“Had a great presentation last night. Good friend and mentor Ian Smith said a few words. Some probably a bit inflated but it was nice for the team and the family to enjoy something they won’t experience again,” Taylor was quoted as saying in a video uploaded on Sky Sports NZ’s Twitter account.
“I will need some help in drinking it,” Taylor said jokingly when asked about what he would do with the 100 bottles of wine. It is worth mentioning that former New Zealand captain Fleming had also received such a present when he played his 100th Test match.
Ross Taylor’s hilarious reaction on receiving 100 wine bottles
— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) February 20, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 21, 2020
Test match No.💯 for Ross Taylor! 🙌
— ICC (@ICC) February 20, 2020
First to appear in –
50 Tests, ODIs & T20Is: Brendon McCullum (23 Sep 2012)
100 Tests, ODIs & T20Is: Ross Taylor (21 Feb 2020)#NZvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 20, 2020
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 20, 2020
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