Virat Kohli ‘peaks at the right time for the World Cup’: Ross Taylor to NDTV

Former New Zealand batter Ross Taylor is one of today’s greats and the star Kiwi player is currently in India playing Legends League Cricket. 2022 was an important year for him when he first retired from international cricket and then came out with his autobiography — Ross Taylor: Black And White. The batter, who would play for India Capitals in Legends League Cricket, spoke to NDTV about New Zealand and India’s chances at the T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli’s form, Rahul Dravid’s impact as a coach and much more. .

In his autobiography, Taylor revealed the experience of going to Ranthambore Forest to see a tiger with Rahul Dravid as they shared the dressing room for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. It was there where he came up with the phrase “there are nearly 4,000 wild tigers, but there’s only one Rahul Dravid,” so it’s no surprise that Taylor had only good things to say about Dravid, who is now the head coach of Team India.

“Rahul Dravid is one of the nicest men I have met in cricket. I think in terms of Indian cricket they are in very safe hands with Rahul Dravid. High integrity and great cricket knowledge and he knows what the modern player needs. With With him behind the wheel, there would be an ODI World Cup in India next year. They will definitely go to the tournament as one of the favorites,” said Taylor.

“If you’ve played 450 games for your country, there are stories to tell. I was approached a long time ago to do it, I really enjoyed it. In Black and White, I played for New Zealand in Black and White. I come from a mixed background. My mother is a Samoan and my father is a Kiwi. I’m going to tell my story in black and white and the writing is in black and white. That’s how I came up with the title,” he continued.

Virat Kohli broke his drought of the century this year when he scored a ton against Afghanistan in the Asian Cup, which was played in the T20 format. Before that, Virat last had the three-digit mark in November 2019. Taylor believes Virat is peaking at the right time for the World Cup.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time playing with Virat Kohli at RCB and have also thoroughly enjoyed watching his career. Players are going through form declines and I think not enough has been made about COVID-19. COVID has a lot people affected in many countries Smith and Williamson had a hard time during COVID Everyone just write it on the form they are so used to scoring runs but when players don’t train that much or play that much cricket they wouldn’t be in the groove,” Taylor said.

“It’s no surprise to me that he’s getting back into shape, it was just a matter of when he scored that ton. He’s in great shape at the moment and he’s peaking at the right time for the World Cup. I think he looks good .” like he’s in a good space, he’ll score many hundreds in the coming years, I hope,” he added.

When asked if he would see New Zealand perform at the T20 World Cup to be played in Australia, the 38-year-old said: “I think everyone will be talking about other countries and New Zealand just seems to be making the semi-finals. or the final. They have made it to the last four ICC tournaments, yet experts did not put New Zealand in that. The tournament in Australia would be completely different from the UAE. The UAE was very toss dominated, most of the teams that won the toss, won the game.”

“I think there would be a lot more skill involved in this World Cup. I think Australia as a home country and defending champion should go as favourite. I think it’s a fairly open World Cup, New Zealand will be heavily dependent on the top order and our first bowlers. India, the balance on their side is one of the best there is and the way they have played the last few games at home would give them a lot of confidence on their way to the World Cup,” he added.

Taylor also spoke about what he expects from Legends League during the signing off, and he also gave his views on three New Zealand players – Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham who opted out of central contracts to play domestic leagues. It is important to note that Colin de Grandhomme has decided to retire from international cricket while the other two have opted out of New Zealand’s central contract list.

“I hope no more New Zealand players give up central contracts. I hope international cricket is still a high priority. Every player has a different reason for making different decisions. Yes, I think the more these competitions come about.” “There has to be something that is given and of course players, who can choose where to play, there has to be a call somewhere. I think international cricket should be the one that plays fewer games to take all these games,” said Taylor.

Speaking of Legends League, Taylor said: “It’s just good to play cricket again. But also to play with players I’ve played against a lot. Gautam Gambhir, Mitchell Johnson and Dinesh Ramdin, to share the locker room with them and seeing how they go about things, I’m looking forward to that. Anytime you’re a professional athlete you never lose that competitive spirit. You’ve been doing something for so long, so it doesn’t take that long to get you back in the groove. The only surprise for me is how good the bowlers are. Some of these fast bowlers retired a few years ago, but they still bowl very fast.”

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