The previous couple of years have been simply remarkable for New Zealand. The Blackcaps, revolving around the aggressive leadership of Brendon McCullum have built a world class reputation for themselves. New Zealand as a side has gelled tremendously well, as the abilities of the young talented individuals have been productively utilized.
Among all the success achieved by New Zealand, Ross Taylor has been a key member of the side in all the formats. While New Zealand have not lost a test series since mid 2013, Taylor now has set clear ambitions for the Kiwis. According to Taylor, winning in India will be the final frontier for New Zealand.
Taylor first spoke about McCullum’s captaincy and the positive impact it had on the unit. “We have done exceedingly well after Brendon took over the captaincy. The team, especially the Test side, has been really successful both at home and overseas. But in the past two years, we haven’t played much in the sub-continent. Winning in the sub-continent gives you a different high. If we can defeat India in their own backyard, then we can consider ourselves really successful,” Taylor told TOI.
The New Zealand middle order batsman said that avenging the World Cup final loss to Australia would be welcome and could do New Zealand a world of good. “Our rivalry has always been fierce. We were definitely disappointed when we lost the final after playing good cricket all through the tournament. So a win against Australia will be nice,” said Taylor.
Taylor concluded by heaping praises on McCullum and said, “He is doing a commendable job. The best part is he understands the pulse of the side. He knows the strengths and weaknesses and plans accordingly.”