Memorable farewell for Zimbabwe's Taylor

Memorable farewell for Zimbabwe's Taylor

 Had Zimbabwe been a bit disciplined on the field, Brendan Taylor could have had a perfect send-off but still, it was one last memorable outing for him in Zimbabwe colours.

The stand-in skipper struck a fluent 138 to prop up Zimbabwe total but it wasn’t big enough to deny India their sixth win on the trot. 

“The wicket was a little bit two-paced in the morning along with some very good bowling, but we were heading for 310, 320, maybe 330, and again, that's been the way it's gone for us throughout the tournament, finding some momentum and then collapsing,” Taylor said, summing up Zimbabwe’s batting travails.

“That's been very disappointing for us. And it's probably been the difference of not (clinching) a quarterfinal spot. We'll go away very disappointed.”

Taylor walked into bat with Zimbabwe in a spot of bother after losing two early wickets but the stand-in skipper said he didn’t put any pressure on himself as he was determined to enjoy his last outing for his country. “I think being two down pretty early, there was a sense of trying to restore things, and that was my goal, and it was pretty tricky. They bowled really well, and then it just sort of fell into place a little bit. But I said to myself just to go and enjoy the moment and not put myself under too much pressure, and maybe that just helped a little bit,” he noted.

Taylor was also overwhelmed by the send-off he received from the Indian supporters and some of the Indian players. “It was nice from some of the Indian guys, Shikhar (Dhawan), Virat (Kohli) and Suresh (Raina) came up to me,” Taylor said.

“That really was quite touching for me. They didn't have to do that. They're very established players, and yeah, that was a very nice touch that they did. It's just a testament to their (Indian crowd) cricket knowledge. I think they just appreciate good cricket and they saw two teams playing some pretty entertaining stuff today. Obviously we knew who they were supporting, but they clapped when we put on a decent show. Yeah, I was very overwhelmed the way they responded, and I'm very appreciative for that,” he remarked.

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