Making most of his consistent run, former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in the list of hitting most consecutive 50+ score in the ODIs. In the third and final ODI against Sri Lanka, Taylor played a fiery knock of 137 runs, which led Kiwis to post a huge total of 364 runs in 50 overs. This was Taylor’s 6th consecutive 50+ score in this format, which helped him to pip Tendulkar and Kohli’s record of five consecutive 50+ scores in the year 1994 and 2012, respectively.
Taylor is in red-hot form of his career as he has an average of 98 in ODIs since the start of the 2018 year and scored 282 runs in this series. He has also equalled, captain Kane Williamson and Andrew Jonas, in terms of consecutive 50+ scores for Kiwis as well as equaled to former Australia’s Mark Waugh, West Indies’Gordon Greenidge, and Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf. Meanwhile, legendary Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad holds the record of doing it for nine consecutive times.
Moreover, he has now the highest number of ODI centuries than any other Kiwi batsman in history.His last 10 innings’scores are: 1, 59, 113, 10, 181*, 80, 86*, 54, 90, and 137 with an average of 75. “It was nice to get the 20th hundred, I would have taken that at the start of my career. I’m getting old, so hopefully, I’ve got a few more in me”, he said after his power-packed performance.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has won the third ODI by 115 and have whitewashed Sri Lanka in the three-match series and now will take on Virat Kohli-led India in the five-match ODI series and three T20Is. First ODI will take place on January 23.