Former New Zealand batter Ross Taylor has been hogging limelight ever since he revealed about his autobiography, 'Ross Taylor: Black & White'. The Kiwi batter who had an illustrious career remained away from controversies during his playing days, but the legendary batter has made some sensational claims in his autobiography which is grabbing a lot of limelight.
Amongst many revelations, Taylor also revealed that by sticking to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League he could have had a long-lasting career in India's T20 domestic tournament. Notably, New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor was part of the IPL for seven long years, having played for four different franchises where he amassed over 1000 runs. Ross Taylor was part of the RCB set-up in the inaugural edition of the league and stayed in RCB camp for next two seasons before moving to Rajasthan Royals in 2011. Taylor had later played for Delhi Daredevils in 2012 before being roped in by Pune Warriors India, but later returned to Delhi in 2014.
In his autobiography, Taylor admitted that he would have had a longer career in IPL had he continued at RCB, where he scored 517 runs in 22 innings with two fifties. "It was really amazing to go for million dollars, but in the long run I would have been better off if RCB had got me for US $950,000. If they had, it would have been my fourth year with them. While the IPL is pretty unsentimental, there is loyalty towards long-serving players and I probably would have had a longer IPL career as a one-franchise player," he wrote.
Adding further, Taylor mentioned that if he had stayed at RCB, he would have played with greats like Virendra Sehwag, Shane Warne, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh. Speaking of his IPL stint, Ross Taylor also mentioned that while playing for Rajasthan Royals he was "slapped" by one of the co-owners of the Rajasthan Royals franchise after being out on duck during one of the games in 2011 season.
"We were chasing 195. I was lbw for a duck and we didn't get close. Afterwards the team, support staff and management were in the bar on the top floor of the hotel. One of the Royals owner said to me 'Ross, we didn't pay you a million dollars to get a duck and jokingly slapped me across the face three or four times," he wrote.