Ross Taylor has revealed that he might have retired from international cricket if New Zealand had won the 2019 ODI World Cup. Two years after the heartbreak at Lord’s, the Blackcaps are set to play India in another ICC tournament summit clash.
The World Test Championship (WTC) final, beginning in Southampton from June 18, will be New Zealand’s third final at a world event in six years. After losing the 2015 World Cup final to Australia, the Blackcaps suffered a similar fate in the 2019 edition.
After beating India in the semi-final, New Zealand booked a place in the final alongside hosts England. The final ended in a stalemate, following which the teams tussled in a Super Over which also ended in a tie.
However, the hosts were crowned as champions on the pre-decided “boundary count” rule. While speaking at a press conference, Ross Taylor that he might’ve retired from international cricket if New Zealand had defeated England in the final.
“It was disappointing to have lost that match at Lord’s a couple of years ago. I guess, when you lose, you feel that it might be the last time you are playing a World Cup final, so it is nice for me to be here. If we did win that game, I might have retired after that. I am glad I did not, and I am here today,” he said.
Ross Taylor, who made his international debut in 2006, is the most-capped Kiwi cricketer with 442 international matches across all formats. He is also his country’s leading run-scorer in international cricket, and is just four shy of recording 18,000 international runs.