Ross Taylor has 5,707 runs in ODIs for New Zealand in 171 matches  © Getty Images
Ross Taylor has 5,707 runs in ODIs for New Zealand in 171 matches © Getty Images

Ross Taylor, has been an integral part of New Zealand’s team since the last decade or less. An aggressive batsman with the ability to change his role according to what the circumstances demand, Taylor has contributed quite a lot to New Zealand cricket. The right-hander who broke a 111-year old record after scoring 290 against Australia in Tests last year, has always been ready to take up responsibility and lead the side. Although, after being named captain of the side in all formats, in the year 2011, Taylor now explains his struggle and experience of the ‘unrewarding job’. With his form at peak then, Taylor now speaks about what captaincy did to him. ALSO READ: Ross Taylor: The undistinguished superstar of New Zealand cricket

“I enjoyed captaincy, it brought the best out of my game, but it’s an unrewarding job. Heath Mills, from the New Zealand Players Association, always said it was unrewarding. He was right,” said Taylor as quoted by espncricinfo.com.

When asked if captaining was his childhood dream, Taylor thinks and answers. He says – “”I guess yes and no, on it [captaincy] being a childhood dream,” he says. “I always thought I could do it but it came a couple of years before I was ready. I was just getting into a bit of form and then had the added responsibility of being captain.” ALSO READ: Ross Taylor: New Zealand’s volcanically talented batsman reemerges to take responsibility of the middle-order

Taylor captained the New Zealand side for about 18 months and was then asked to step down by Coach Mike Hesson after a number of disappointing losses in limited overs cricket. He continued saying – ” “Until you do the job, you don’t realise how much there is involved in it. Your brain is ticking the whole time. The only time you aren’t thinking cricket is when you aren’t playing. And with the amount of cricket being played now, that’s not very often.” ALSO READ: Ross Taylor: Sharing experiences with players helps you to improve

Taylor, whose professional relationship with Hesson had affected him also said that a particular remark by Kevin Pietersen in an interview that he gave changed him. “It has made me who I am today,” Taylor said. I don’t think I’d be human if it didn’t affect me in some sort of way. I watched KP do a documentary on ITV one time. They asked him if he regretted taking the captaincy, and he said you can never turn down the job. He’s right,” he explains.

Taylor though is quite modest and humble when it comes to thanking the opportunity that came his way despite, a not-so successful stint. He says – “It was an honour and a privilege to get the job but I really don’t know how to describe it. I guess when I write my book I’ll go into depth a bit more, but it was different. At least when I finish my cricket career I can say I’ve had one job interview!”

However, he is now part of a New Zealand squad that has shown tremendous talent and performed at the highest level. New Zealand were unbeaten in the T20 World Cup 2016 in India, till the semi-final, where they lost to England.

Taylor when asked about the new side says – “It has the potential to be the best New Zealand side.” he says. “We’ve got quite a lot of young talent coming through and there are a couple of big Test series in the next couple of years. We’re sixth in the Test rankings, so there’s still a long way to go, but it’s exciting. It’s nice to be a part of it.”

Meanwhile, he also heaped praises on Kane Williamson, the captain of the New Zealand side, saying – “Kane and Brendon are totally different people. Being vice-captain, like Kane was, is hard, as vice-captaincy is one of the toughest jobs in cricket. Now he’s captain full time, he is not coming in and treading on any toes. I’m sure he will do very well as captain, and in the future Kane will be one of the best ever batsmen. Scoring runs, as he’s doing, and having him as captain bodes well for the future of New Zealand.”