New Delhi, August 11
Star New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor mentioned he’s “not sure” if he may have sufficient in his tank to symbolize New Zealand in subsequent 12 months’s T20 World Cup in India.
The ICC had final week postponed this 12 months’s T20 World Cup as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and handed Australia the rights to host the 2022 version. The governing physique, nevertheless, retained India’s proper to conduct the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Taylor, who had turn into the primary New Zealand participant to play 100 T20Is in February this 12 months throughout a sequence in opposition to India, will flip 37 when India hosts the 2021 T20 World Cup.
“Oh! Not sure,” Taylor, who’s at the moment in Trinidad for the month-long Caribbean Premier League (CPL), was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“As you get older, things slow down a little bit, but your training and experience and your mind become even more important,” added the prolific batsman, who has to date scored over 10,000 runs in restricted overs cricket for New Zealand.
Taylor, who final featured in an ODI in opposition to Australia in March earlier than the tour was referred to as off as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, mentioned will probably be unusual for everybody to play after such a very long time.
“Yeah, it has been a strange time all around. I haven’t gone this long without playing any cricket since I was in high school. So, yeah obviously isolation and all those other things are a little bit strange, but it is what it is,” mentioned the senior batsman, who will flip up for Guyana Amazon Warriors within the CPL starting August 18.
“You realize it’s going to be unusual for everyone on the CPL. Nobody has performed worldwide cricket for some time, so everybody goes to be nervous, I’m positive. So, coaching and early video games are essential.
“The atmosphere in Twenty20 cricket is a lot of what you play and we get the best crowds in that format. So, to play in front of nobody but knowing that people at home will be watching and cheering us on, it’s going to be a bit strange, but at the same time something that we’re going to get used to,” he added.
Taylor must take extra accountability of the crew particularly after the withdrawal of veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who skipped CPL for the upcoming T20I sequence in opposition to England.
“Shoaib Malik has got a fantastic record, especially in T20 cricket and especially for Guyana as well. I think he has got that anchor role and a role that I’ll be looking to do as well,” Taylor mentioned.
“Every crew is stacked with high quality spinners and we count on spin to play an enormous half and possibly reverse-swing all through the entire event.
“Traditionally, it does spin a lot here anyway, so the way you play spin is going to be very important. Some of the world’s best spinners are here, and it’s going to be a good test for us batsmen going forward,” he added. PTI