The former New Zealand batsman, Ross Taylor made a startling confession in his book, which was published earlier this week. In his new autobiography, “Ross Taylor: Black & White” Taylor recalled an incident in 2011 IPL and claimed he was slapped by a Rajasthan owner. The incident took place following a defeat against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali after he got out for a duck during a difficult chase against Punjab Kings, then known as Kings XI Punjab.
As per the article published on Stuff.co.nz, Taylor wrote in his autobiography “The chase was 195, I was lbw for a duck and we didn’t get close.”
“Afterwards, the team, support staff, and management were in the bar on the top floor of the hotel. Liz Hurley was there with Warnie (Shane Warne). One of the Royals owners said to me, ‘Ross, we didn’t pay you a million dollars to get a duck,’ and slapped me across the face three or four times. He was laughing and they weren’t hard slaps but I’m not sure that it was entirely play-acting. Under the circumstances, I wasn’t going to make an issue of it, but I couldn’t imagine it happening in many professional sporting environments.”
Taylor and his IPL Journey
Ross spent three years at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from 2008 to 2010, but the Rajasthan franchise bought him for $1 million in 2011. Taylor stated in his book that he wishes he had stayed at RCB. “While it was amazing to go for a million dollars, in the long run, I would’ve been better off if RCB had got me for US$950,000,” Taylor wrote
Taylor appeared in 12 games for the Royals in 2011, scoring 181 runs with a strike rate of 119. He then spent three seasons with the Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors India. Looking at the IPL stats, in 54 innings he scored 1017 runs with a strike rate of 123.72.