India vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Ross Taylor becomes first cricketer to play 100 matches in all three formats
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor on Friday made history when he took the field against India in the first Test held at Basin Reserve, Wellington. The 35-year-old became the first player to play 100 matches in all three formats of the game.
Taylor was handed his 100th Test cap by New Zealand wicketkeeper Ian Smith ahead of the toss.
"Really excited about the occasion. It's very nice for the team and the family to experience something they might never do again," Taylor was quoted as saying by PTI.
"I'll need some help drinking (the hundred bottles of wine), but they can be stored for a while. It keeps the tradition from Fleming, Brendon (McCullum) and Dan (Daniel Vettori) who all played over a hundred Tests each and hopefully we can celebrate this one with a win," he added.
Recently, Ross Taylor played his 100th T20I against India last month. The middle-order batsman has also played 231 ODIs for New Zealand.
In his test career so far, the right-handed batsman is already New Zealand's top-scorer in ODI and Test with 8570 and 7174 runs respectively.
In the T20I, Taylor is just 91 runs away to complete 2000 runs. His teammates Martin Guptill (2536 runs in 88 matches) and Brendon McCullum (2140 runs in 71 matches) are only two Kiwi players above him in the list of top Kiwi run-scorers in the shortest version of the game.
Taylor made his Test debut against South Africa in 2007 and played his first ODI match (against West Indies) a year earlier.
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