In the run-up to the first Test between India and New Zealand, in Wellington, all the hype was around New Zealand’s veteran and former skipper Ross Taylor. Having already played his 100th T20I during the fifth and final encounter versus India earlier in the tour, the right-hander was all set to play his 100th match in the longest format of the game.
While Taylor was set to become only the fourth from his country, following Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming, to play 100 Tests, he also became the first man to play 100 matches in all forms of the gentlemen’s game.
In order to mark his special occasion, the 35-year-old walked out for the national anthem accompanied by his kids at the Basin Reserve, Wellington on Friday morning (February 21).
India are on top of the points table for the Test Championship whereas Kane Williamson-led New Zealand occupy the sixth position. Talking about the series opener, Kiwis won the toss and have invited India to bat first.