Veteran player Ross Taylor is now considered as the most capped player of New Zealand across all formats after he had beaten the record of Daniel Vettori.
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori used to hold the record of being the most capped player of the team after having been a part of 437 matches. Just recently, this record has been broken after Ross Taylor made his 438th appearance for the New Zealand team. This makes him the new most capped player of the team across all formats.
This milestone had been achieved by Taylor during the first Test against Pakistan which was held at the Bay Oval. Aside from Vettori, other players who used to hold the record were former captains Brendon McCullum with 432 matches and Stephen Fleming with 395 matches.
Talking about this special milestone, the 36-year-old said, ‘Every time you represent your country, it's a special moment. To represent them 400-odd times and to get the record, it's not what I play for, but it's nice to have got it and a special occasion’.
‘Got some nice words from BJ (Watling) and the team this morning and it felt a little bit like my 100th Test, going out to bat today with a standing ovation. I didn't hear what the ground announcer said, but he must have told the crowd, because I'm sure they wouldn't have known’, he added.
During his 438th game, Taylor shared a 120-run stand with Kane Williamson for the third wicket. He was able to score his half-century off 127 balls before having fallen victim to Shaheen Afridi. With that, Taylor aims to be a helpful part of the New Zealand side after he had been ruled out of the T20Is.
After having debuted in 2006, Taylor has played a total of 232 ODIs,102 T20Is, and is currently on his 104th Test. To further understand these cricket formats, head over to Betwala.
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