Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022: Ross Taylor Was Honoured For Services To Cricket And Pacific Communities

Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor, a former New Zealand cricketer, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his contributions to the game and the Pacific communities.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, the 38-year-old, who retired from cricket earlier this year, was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor. Image: Twitter

Ross Taylor Is One Of NZ’s Greatest Ever Players

“Congratulations Ross! Ross Taylor has been recognised for services to cricket and Pacific communities, being made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours,” BlackCaps tweeted.

Announcing his retirement in December last year, Taylor had said, “It’s been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have, It’s been such a privilege to play with and against some of the greats of the game and to have created so many memories and friendships along the way. But all good things must come to an end and the timing feels right for me.”

NZ vs NED: Watch- Netherlands Team Gives A Guard Of Honor To Ross Taylor As He Walks In To Bat For The Final Time In His International Career
NZ vs NED: Watch- Netherlands Team Gives A Guard Of Honor To Ross Taylor As He Walks Into Bat For The Final Time In His International Career.

Taylor, who made his Test debut against South Africa in 2008 and his first of 233 one-day internationals against the West Indies in 2006, will leave the game as New Zealand’s all-time leading scorer in both Test and one-day international cricket. He has 7584 Test runs, including 19 hundred, second only to current captain Kane Williamson, and 8581 ODI runs, which puts him above of the previous skipper Stephen Fleming (8007). His 21 One-Day International centuries are also a New Zealand record.

“He’s a world-class player, our best with the bat over such a long period of time and personally it’s been a pleasure to be involved in so many partnerships with him across the formats,” Kane Williamson had said about Taylor when he had announced his retirement.

Taylor has also played 102 Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, making him the first player to do so in all the three formats for the country.

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IPL 2022: We Suffered From Catastrophic Success – CSK Head Coach Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming said that new players in the team need their space to acclimatize to the tournament.

CSK ended their IPL 2022 campaign on Friday (May 20) with a five-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals at the Brabourne stadium. CSK lost 10 games this season and finished with eight points at the ninth place on the table.

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. (Photo: IPL)

New players can take a little bit of time: Stephen Fleming

CSK had a few new players, especially their bowling department comprised of young players like Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana and Prashant Solanki.

Some of the above players played just one or two games for CSK in the later stage of the tournament.

Fleming said they went through catastrophic success and the new players will take time to fit in the team.

“When you start a new cycle, when you have a number of new players. It can be testing. We suffered from catastrophic success,” Fleming said in the post-match press conference on Friday.

“So just trying to play the same way and continue on for my last four years which were very successful is a real challenge. So dropping back and understanding what new players can do can take a little bit of time,” he added.

Stephen Fleming
Credits: IPL

What we didn’t have was a couple of form players: Stephen Fleming

CSK lost the services of pace bowler Deepak Chahar owing to multiple injuries in the middle of the tournament.

Chahar, who was the expensive pick of the four-time IPL winners in the auction, couldn’t play a single game for them this year.

South African batter Faf du Plessis, who was an integral part of the team for eight seasons, moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore and was appointed as their captain. All-rounder Shardul Thakur went to Delhi Capitals in the auction.

Fleming said losing few players was a major setback for the team but accepted that they had the opportunity to perform better than this.

What we didn’t have was a couple of form players that got us through those early days. So you get a couple of wins and then you get a little bit of evidence that the team’s on the right track and then the young players get a bit of confidence from the senior players doing well. So that’s the cycle. We had a slow start and we just weren’t able to string enough games together,” Fleming said.

“We had opportunities. There’s no doubt we had opportunities to do better than what we did. But the reality is we weren’t good enough to make the semi-finals this year, and that’s always a catalyst for the next year,” he added.

CSK skipper MS Dhoni confirmed his participation for the next IPL season with the promise to play before CSK fans in Chennai.

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IPL 2022: We Stuck With Mukesh Choudhary And We Reaped The Rewards – Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming

They might have been unseemly in the last league game Chennai Super Kings played against Rajasthan Royals at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday night.

However, the head coach of the Chennai franchise, Stephen Fleming, said that rookies Mukesh Choudhary and Simarjeet Singh had been the team’s unearthing this season, adding that the duo had “responded well to pressure”.

Stephen Fleming Happy With CSK’s Pace Duo

Mukesh Choudhary
Mukesh Choudhary (Credits: BCCI)

In just his first IPL season, 25-year-old Choudhary arose as a potential fast bowling prospect for CSK, taking 16 wickets in 13 games, with his best being 4/46. The 24-year-old Simarjeet, a right-arm skiddy pacer, also showed promising signs for the future, taking four wickets in six games with a best of 2/27.

Fleming commended the pair, saying at the finish of CSK’s season in IPL 2022, “I think he (Mukesh) was excellent. A nervous start, but we stuck with him and we reaped the rewards towards the end. He just got better and better. Simarjeet is also responding to the pressure. So, those two boys definitely were positive.”

Stephen Fleming further referenced that all-rounder Moeen Ali “showed his class” with bat and ball.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali (Image: Twitter)

“Ali was superb. He is one of our marquee players and (on Friday against RR) I thought it was probably going to be a 250-run wicket, but the game suddenly changed at the halfway point of our batting. But Moeen has shown us his class with both the bat and the ball,” Fleming added.

It Was A Mixed Success: Stephen Fleming Reviews CSK’s IPL 2022 Season

Illuminating the less than ideal season, where CSK completed 10th on the points table with eight points, Stephen Fleming said the reigning champs encountered a “mixed success” this year.

CSK. PHoto-IPL
CSK. PHoto-IPL

“It was mixed success. We sort of stuttered our way through. We had a number of games that were close, but we were not good enough to get across the line. That’s the normal story of the season we don’t qualify.

But, yeah the first year of the three-year cycle is a chance to see some players. This one today was great to have a look at a couple of guys under pressure,” said the New Zealander.

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