Ross Taylor

Following the shocking revelations about the current RCB coach Mike Hesson, Brendon McCullum, and the New Zealand Cricket Board in general regarding the way they handled the captaincy transition from him to McCullum in 2012-13, Ross Taylor has thrown more truth bombs at the cricketing community. In his most recent revelation, he claims that one of the Rajasthan Royals’ owners slapped him for scoring a duck in an IPL 2011 game. Although he adds that they weren’t hard slaps, his disappointment is clear in how he says it wouldn’t happen in a professional sporting environment and that ‘it wasn’t all playacting’.

According to Sportswiki.com, Taylor stated in his autobiography, “When you go to a new team, you don’t get that backing. You never feel comfortable because you know that if you go two or three games without a score, you come under cold-eyed scrutiny.”

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“A case in point: Rajasthan played Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. 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.

“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.”

The 38-year-old has also claimed that he was subjected to racist taunts in the New Zealand dressing room throughout his career. Given the significance of his revelations, cricket fans can’t wait to get their hands on his book.

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