Steyn, Malinga toughest bowlers I have faced: Taylor

Written by Vipin Darwade

Making his debut back in 2006, Ross Taylor has been representing New Zealand for 15 long years which includes two World Cup finals. He became the first player to play 100 or more matches in all the three formats last year. Taylor recently revealed the three toughest bowlers he has faced in his career so far.

In the 101 tests, 232 ODIs, and 100 T20Is, Taylor has amassed more than 17,000 runs with one of his best seasons being the last one where he scored 1389 runs across all the three formats. Taylor, who recently surpassed Stephen Fleming to become the leading run-scorer for the Kiwis in the longest format of the game, said Sri Lankan bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga along with South African speedster Dale Steyn were the toughest bowlers he had ever faced in his cricketing career where he has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee Medal thrice.

“Both Murali and Malinga are hard to pick up because of their unique bowling actions. Talking about Steyn, it’s obviously the pace and consistency which the pacer possesses,” said Taylor during the interview with Cricingif.

Taylor has enjoyed some memorable duels on the field with these three bowlers. While Taylor’s New Zealand was eliminated by Malinga and Muralitharan’s Sri Lanka in two consecutive World Cup semifinals in 2007 and 2011, they were successful in knocking out Steyn and co. to reach the finals of the 2015 edition of the World Cup.

Amongst these three, Taylor also shared the dressing room with Dale Steyn from 2008 to 2010 whilst representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

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