England Batsman James Taylor, who was forced to retire after he was suffering from a serious heart condition, has opened about his ailing condition before throwing some light on his best moments of the field with BBC’s audio podcast ‘Stumped’.
“Probably, it [surviving] was actually a proudest moment if you’re going to look at it in the weird way,” Taylor told BBC Stumped.
Narrating the ordeal, Taylor revealed he is proud to battle it in his own way, after spending quality time against a different opponent during his time on the field, for him, it was more like a test of Tests.
“So, I think it is in a funny way a proud moment of mine because I should have probably died, but I didn’t. Yeah, it is a strange one,” Taylor said.
On April 12, 2016, the 27-year-old right-handed batsman Taylor has to make his sudden announcement for his retirement when the latter came to know about his problem.
“The odd through against me stacked against me that percentage for me of living weren’t that great,” Taylor said.
After being diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, Taylor had undergone a successful operation in Nottingham after saying his world has turned ‘upside down’ as his career was cut short abruptly.
While recalling the toughest off-field battle Taylor said he was lucky to survive some gruelling weeks of his life before adding how it meant to be alive to recall difficult phase of his life.
“I did incredible well to survive and battle as I went through number of hours and that shouldn’t be the case,” Taylor added.
After making his International debut in 2012, he has played 27 One-day Internationals followed by seven Tests.
“Well I had seen most people passed out after ten minutes and I did it for nearly about six-and-half hours,” revealed Taylor.
Taylor was also supported by the Professional Cricketers’ Association after he was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart problem.
The Nottingham-born Taylor said he had enjoyed his moment while fielding at the short-leg when BBC’s Stumped Programme presenter Alison Mitchell reminds the latter about his fielding position.
“Most people would imagine me to say ‘those catches in South Africa’ and that was my best moment I’ve ever had and those two catches (at short leg) in Wanderers Test match when we won,” Taylor expressed.
Calling it a moment of his life, as the one year is on after his retirement Taylor stated the hundred against bringing treasure trove of memories.
“Happiest moment certainly on the cricket field maybe in my life, was to score hundred against Australia at Manchester (2015),” Taylor remarked.
The reports suggested Taylor is bound to launch his new project titled as Chance to Shine in a bid to teach school-going kids about the resilience and much more, according to BBC Stumped.
“I gave myself a pound back a year on and said ‘I’ve done alright,” Taylor concluded.
In 139 first-class matches, he had amassed 9,306 runs at an average of 46.09 which included 20 hundreds and 47 half-centuries.