|Ross Taylor Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||March 8, 1984|
|Spouse||Victoria Jayne Brown|
Ross Taylor is a retired New Zealander cricketer who is best known for his being one of the best batsmen to have played for the New Zealand cricket team. Besides that, he has also reached a number of milestones such as setting the highest “One Day International (ODI)” score and becoming the first New Zealand player to have made 20 centuries in any game format. On the other, he has also amassed a huge fan base with more than 300k followers on Instagram and more than 1 million followers on Twitter.
Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor
Rosco, The Pallekele Plunderer
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
He divides his time between New Zealand and Samoa.
Ross attended the Palmerston North Boys High School. Later, he studied at the Wairarapa College in Masterton.
- Father – Neil Taylor (Former Representative Cricketer)
- Mother – Ann Taylor
6 ft or 183 cm
87 kg or 192 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ross Taylor has dated –
- Victoria Jayne Brown (2011-Present) – The couple got married to one another on June 25, 2011. They have 3 children – a daughter named Adelaide Taylor (b. August 24, 2017), a 2nd daughter named Mackenzie Taylor (b. September 2011), and a son named Jonty Taylor (b. February 16, 2014).
Race / Ethnicity
He has Samoan ancestry on his mother’s side and New Zealander ancestry on his father’s side.
- He sticks his tongue out every time he celebrates.
- Tall physique
- Hits most of his shots on the leg side of the field
Ross Taylor Facts
- Prior to finding his passion for cricket, Ross played hockey. It is said that the sport of hockey helped him master his powerful slog-sweep shot. This also happens to be one of the reasons why he is known as “king of the leg side shots.”
- According to sources, his birth name is often written only as Ross Luteru Taylor as he had mistakenly written the names Ross and Luteru which he was often called while playing cricket on the questionnaire form for the official New Zealand Cricket records.
- In the past, he was the captain of the New Zealand Under-19 side.
- Ross is a right-handed batsman and his bowling style is a right-arm off-break.
- His wife Victoria is a cricketer turned teacher. She is a left-handed batsman and off-spinner.
- During the World Cup 2011, Ross knocked on a total of 131 runs off just 124 balls. It is said that after scoring just 69 runs off 108 balls, he hit 4 fours and 7 sixes in just 16 balls. Thereafter, he was nicknamed “The Pallekele Plunderer”
- He considers himself to be a wine connoisseur.
- In 2011, he was appointed as the captain of the “Black Caps”.
- He underwent eye surgery in December 2011.
- Ross uploaded his first picture to Instagram on September 27, 2017.
- As of 2019, Ross had played for the Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Pune Warriors India during the “Indian Premier League.”
- He is the 2nd cricketer of Samoan heritage to play for the New Zealand Cricket team, the first being former cricketer Murphy Su’a.
- He announced his retirement from international cricket in 2021 end. In international cricket, he had scored 40 centuries (19 in Tests and 21 in ODIs).
- In 2022, he released his autobiography titled Ross Taylor: Black & White.
- He has faced racism from players and cricket officials while playing for New Zealand because of his Samoan ethnicity.
- In 2022, he revealed via his autobiography that he was slapped 3-4 times in a bar by a Rajasthan Royals (Indian Premiere League team) owner because he got out on zero against Punjab Kings in 2011.
- He was designated Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the 2022 Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours for his services to cricket.
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