ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Brendan Taylor bids farewell to Zimbabwe

It’s not an easy task to give up international cricket and that too at the age of 29 but circumstances led Zimbabwe’s stand-in skipper Brendan Taylor to take ‘the biggest decision’, keeping his family’s needs in mind. He signed a three-year Kolpak deal with English county side Nottinghamshire, subject to England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) approval which debars him to play for his country. (READ: India vs Zimbabwe, Pool B match in Auckland in caricatures)

Taylor played his last game as a member of the national team against Pool B table-toppers India on Saturday at Eden Park, Auckland. The wicket-keeper batsman ended his tenure in Zimbabwean cricket with a bang, saving his best for the last as he clobbered 138 from 110 balls to power Zimbabwe to 287 in in their final league match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015(India vs Zimbabwe: Pick of the tweets)

Anthony Au-Yeung of Getty Images clicked the wicket-keeper batsman while walking off the field after being dismissed by India’s Mohit Sharma amidst claps and cheers from fans as well as team members. He was congratulated by Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan who walked up to him after his dismissal, saying ‘well played.’ His 166th One-Day International (ODI) knock included 15 boundaries and five maximums and the runs came at a strike rate of 125.45. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Points Table)

Taylor has been the linchpin of the Zimbabwean batting line-up, he scored 433 runs including two hundreds, one fifty with 43 fours and 12 sixes in total, and marked one of the best individual performances for Zimbabwe in World Cup history.

He is one of the finest batsmen to have represented Zimbabwe and has played 23 Tests, having scored 1,493 runs, including four centuries and in 167 ODIs accumulated 5258 runs to become his country’s sixth most-capped player and fourth-highest ODI run-scorer.