New Zealand has produced one of the finest cricketing talents in the history of the game. One such legendary Kiwi player is current middle-order batsman Ross Taylor. The right hander has so far played 92 Tests and 218 ODIs in which he has recorded a remarkable tally of 6,728 and 8,021 runs respectively. He is also the all-time leading run-getter for the Kiwis in ODIs leaving behind the former legendary batsman Stephen Fleming.
The veteran New Zealander, who scored a vital 71-run knock to aid in the recent six-wicket victory against India in the warm-up match, reckons that this can be his last World Cup tournament. He noted that if he is able to keep the injuries away, anything can happen in the future. Taylor also mentioned that his approach in the showpiece event is not necessarily a mindset of going out there just to enjoy it.
“You never know, this will probably be my last World Cup but if these hamstrings and calves hold together then maybe I can be back in a few years. My approach to the World Cup is not necessarily a mindset of going out there just to enjoy it,” quoted Ross Taylor.
The 35-year-old cited the example of Windies veteran Chris Gayle and mentioned that he is probably an inspiration. “I’m 35 but you never really know what’s to come. Chris Gayle is probably an inspiration – he’s 39 in this World Cup and I’m 39 at the next, so it’s not a simple matter,” said Taylor on being asked about his thoughts on playing the next World Cup.
It’s about managing those moments
Taylor stated that players tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves in big tournaments such as the World Cup. He mentioned that it is very important to pace yourself in accordance with the schedule of the competition.
“You always put a lot of pressure on yourself in big tournaments – pressure comes with it whether you think about it or not, so it’s about managing those moments. I think you have to pace yourself in a tournament like this, it’s a long time and the way our schedule is, there are a lot of games at the start and a bit of a break in the middle,” he added.
The Kiwi batsman revealed that the training and the rest part between the games is going to be very necessary. “The way you rest and train between games is going to be very important. It’s going to be a lot tougher… Making the final four years ago we played a lot of games at home and we knew our conditions very well. If you get off to a good start and get onto a roll, you can get into those semi-finals and suddenly you’re only two wins away from winning it,” he concluded.