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Ross Taylor is now the highest run-getter amongst the Kiwis in the 50-over format.

He surpassed former captain Stephen Fleming’s record to do so.

Taylor is also the fourth fastest to the 8000 runs mark. 


Today as New Zealand pulled off another comfortable win against Bangladesh, Ross Taylor reached new career milestones. The hosts have secured a smooth 3-0 whitewash over the Bangla Tigers despite Sabbir Rahman’s hundred scored under pressure. Tim Southee’s six-wicket haul today, at Dunedin, has made a refreshing effect on his career that was starting to wither away. New Zealand’s leading limited-overs batsman, Ross Taylor now tops the list of most career runs scored by a Kiwi in the ODI format. With 8026 runs to his name, he went past former captain Stephen Fleming’s previous New Zealand record of 8007 runs.

In the process, Taylor also reached his 47th ODI fifty before eventually getting dismissed for 69, pacing his team to a final score of 330/6. In response to the hosts, Bangladesh could only post a total of 242, with Tim Southee taking 6/65 with the ball in a man-of-the-match performance. Despite Sabbir Rahman heroics, Bangladesh faced another heavy defeat leading to a whitewash in the ODI series. Rahman scored 102 off 110 before falling to Tim Southee in the 48th over. Southee won the Man of the match award for his 6 for 65.

Speaking of records, Taylor not only surpassed fleming’s record but also became the fourth fastest to reach the 8000-run-mark after Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Sourav Ganguly. The 34-year-old veteran batsman, who made his ODI debut in 2006 reached this new milestone in 203 innings with an excellent average of 48.34.

“I definitely would have taken that when I played my first match donkey’s years ago,” he said. “If you play long enough I guess these records come along but it’s nice to set the bar for the next guy. I’m still enjoying myself and hopefully, I’ve still got a few years in me.”

Taylor said that he knew he was close to the milestone at the start of the day. He further said it was nice to get to 8000 runs and that he received a lovely reception that very humbling from the Dunedin crowd. Taylor brought up the milestone with a single to fine leg off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan’s over, having reached his 47th half-century three balls earlier. Stephen Fleming congratulated him on Twitter. 

Ross Taylor has been a force since the last part of 2016. To be more precise, since Taylor got his eye surgery done, he has become unstoppable. He’s only second to Virat Kohli since the conclusion of the World Cup 2015. Since the Champions Trophy 2017, he has the second-best batting average, a gigantic 81.05, in ODIs. Taylor already holds the record for the most ODI hundreds by a New Zealand batsman (20) – four more than team-mate and close friend Martin Guptill and the retired Nathan Astle. 

With the main event, the World Cup 2019, closing in Taylor would want to pump up his game. The challenges would be bigger in England and this time New Zealand would be relying more on Rosco than Martin Guptill, who was the overall highest run-scorer in World Cup 2015. New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in their first World Cup game, on June 1. Taylor would be able to polish his batting with the aid of Plunkett Shield by then. Like the Blackcaps rely on Kane Williamson in the longest format, Ross Taylor is the prime batsman in ODIs.

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