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Ross is Taylor-made to go bang, bang

Taylor was surprisingly omitted from the first game, at home against Kolkata, for he was the in-form batsman, reports G Krishnan.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2008 23:34 IST
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He can send the ball high and long into the stands, sometimes even on the stadium rooftop. And at 119m, he has recorded the farthest six of the tournament.

New Zealander Ross Taylor has been Bangalore's best batsman in the IPL, aggregating 120 in three matches. It is another matter that Bangalore haven't made the most of those knocks but he surely will be missed after Wednesday. That is when Taylor plays his last game, away to Delhi, in this first edition of the IPL.

He will leave the next day for England to join the rest of his New Zealand mates, where he hopes to contribute to the country's cause. "I do have personal goals in England but will keep them to myself," Taylor told HT. "My aim is to try and score runs and hope to seal a Test series victory there."

Taylor was surprisingly omitted from the first game, at home against Kolkata, for he was the in-form batsman (having done well against England just before coming to India). 'Rossco' set up Bangalore's only victory, against Mumbai, with a 12-ball 20 at number three and followed it up with 44 against Jaipur and 53 against Chennai — the team's highest individual score.

"It is a great experience playing in front of big crowds," said Taylor. "Coming from New Zealand, where we are used to playing in front of 15-20,000 people, it is good to play at a packed stadium."

The IPL, he said, is a wonderful opportunity to mix with a wide-range of international stars. "To play with and against some of your childhood heroes is always a special feeling. You are able to talk to them and get the right advice. In international tours, you play a game and go to the next venue. Here in IPL, you share the same dressing room. It's good to talk to them and learn."

Taylor's attacking style has rubbed off onto his game in the Tests too. "Adapting from one-dayers to Tests comes with experience. I am happy with my performance in the one-day series in NZ."

He has admired compatriots Martin Crowe and Mark Greatbatch and Australia’s Waugh brothers but emphasised that he hasn't modelled his game on anyone.

Only in his third year in international cricket, Taylor is happy with the way his career is shaping up. "I am learning a lot along the way. When you are young and going through international cricket, there are going to be hiccups. I have had a few of them and have learnt a lot from them. Hopefully, my record will improve and I will go on to become a force to reckon with in Test and ODI arena."