ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Inspiring From Chris Gayle, Ross Taylor Wishes To Play 2023 CWC
The 35-year-old New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor has been inspired by Chris Gayle’s lively cricket passion even at the age of 39-year-old. While many have expected that Taylor will play his last Cricket World Cup in the upcoming edition, he hasn’t ruled out the chance to play the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
England and Wales are ready to host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. The 39-year-old Windies star cricketer Chris Gayle is likely to play his last Cricket World Cup in this edition.
Meanwhile, the 35-year-old New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor has been inspired by Chris Gayle. If the fitness issues don’t much trouble him in the next few years, then Taylor can feature in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Taylor said according to the icc-cricket.com, “I’m 35 but you never really know what is to come. Chris Gayle is probably an inspiration – he is 39 in this World Cup and I am 39 at the next, so it is not a simple matter.
“You never know, this will probably be my last World Cup but if these hamstrings and calves hold together then maybe I can be back in a few years.”
According to the present schedule, India will host the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from February to March. If Ross Taylor plays that Cricket World Cup, then he will begin that tournament at the age of 38-year-old.
You always put a lot of pressure on yourself in big tournaments – Ross Taylor
The upcoming edition will be Ross Taylor’s fourth Cricket World Cup experience. Earlier, he featured in 2007, 2011 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cups.
Taylor feels that the pressure automatically comes in this kind of big tournaments. He wants to keep moving forward by managing these pressures.
He said, “My approach to the World Cup is not necessarily a mindset of going out there just to enjoy it.
“You always put a lot of pressure on yourself in big tournaments – pressure comes with it whether you think about it or not, so it is about managing those moments.”
The upcoming Cricket World Cup is going to be a lengthy tournament. Taylor feels that the rest and train between the games will be crucial in this tournament.
He said, “I think you have to pace yourself in a tournament like this, it is a long time and the way our schedule is, there are a lot of games at the start and a bit of a break in the middle. The way you rest and train between games is going to be very important.”
Ross Taylor about the pre-World Cup warm-up game
On Saturday (25th May), New Zealand played a warm-up match against India where they won by six wickets. After bundling out India for just 179 runs, Kane Williamson (67 runs) and Ross Taylor’s (71 runs) batting guided New Zealand to the safe victory.
He said about the warm-up game, “When it comes to a warm-up you just treat it as that and then get out of the game what you want to get out of it. For us, we have not played as a team for two or three months, so it was about going out there and testing our skills out against the best.”
It is going to be a lot tougher – Ross Taylor
In the previous Cricket World Cup edition (2015), co-host New Zealand finished as the runners-up. However, Taylor feels that the upcoming Cricket World Cup will be tougher for them than the previous one.
He added, “It is going to be a lot tougher, making the final four years ago we played a lot of games at home and we knew our conditions very well. If you get off to a good start and get onto a roll, you can get into those semi-finals and suddenly you are only two wins away from winning it.”
New Zealand will play their second pre-World Cup warm-up game against Windies on 28th May at Bristol.
New Zealand will begin their upcoming Cricket World Cup journey on 1st June when they will play against Sri Lanka at Cardiff.
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