A CAREER spanning 17 years has come to an end for former Zimbabwe Chevrons skipper Brendan Taylor.
Taylor, the Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman, announced his retirement from international cricket early this week and the third ODI against Ireland in Belfast, Ireland was his last game.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been mum on Taylor’s retirement, but Tinotenda Mawoyo, who was Taylor’s captain when they played in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh said the retired former Chevrons skipper was one of the best to wear the red and gold shirt.
“We batted so well for Zimbabwe Cricket for a very long time. You were the pillar of our line-up for many years, without a doubt one of the best to ever wear the red and gold. Go well buddy and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Congratulations on a stellar career,” posted Mawoyo on Twitter.
He added: “You take with you many accolades, a few worth mentioning: 200 ODI appearances, 2nd most International runs (9938) 2nd most ODI runs (6684), Most hundreds across all formats (17), Most ODI hundreds (11) 2nd most Test hundreds (six) and 3rd most T20I runs (934) for a Zimbabwean.”
Since that 2004 debut in national team colours, Taylor has been one of the mainstays of the Zimbabwean side. He did his best work in ODI cricket, scoring 6684 runs in 205 matches, which makes him Zimbabwe’s second-highest run-getter in the format after Andy Flower.
“It has been a roller-coaster ride. Lots of highs and lots of lows. Looking back, I have fond memories. I wouldn’t change the past for anything in the world. Anything is achievable,” Taylor said before entering the field one last time on Tuesday.
All the stats and records for Taylor
Taylor needed 110 runs on Monday to end his career as Zimbabwe’s leading run-getter in ODIs, but scored only seven.
Taylor holds the record for scoring the greatest number of centuries for Zimbabwe in ODI cricket, with 11 to his name. He also has 39 fifties in this format, which takes his tally of 50-plus scores to 50, behind only Andy Flower’s 59.
Six Test hundreds for Taylor, the joint second-most by a player for Zimbabwe. Flower leads the list with 12 centuries, while his brother, Grant Flower, also has six Test tons. Taylor’s tally of 2320 Test runs is the fourth most for his country in this format.
Two Instances of Taylor scoring centuries in both innings of a Test match – against Bangladesh in 2013 and 2018.
Only twice has anyone else scored twin tons in a Test for Zimbabwe – Grant Flower against New Zealand in 1997 and Andy Flower against South Africa in 2001. Taylor’s effort in 2013 came while leading the team, the only instance of a Zimbabwe captain scoring hundreds in both innings of a Test match.
At 9938 Taylor ended his career 62 runs short of 10 000 runs in international cricket. Only two players have scored more international runs for Zimbabwe, the Flower brothers – Andy (11580) and Grant (10028).
Taylor scored two centuries in the World Cups, both in his last two innings of the 2015 edition – 121 against Ireland and 138 against India. He is the only Zimbabwean with multiple hundreds in the World Cup. Taylor has scored 690 runs in World Cups, the second-most for Zimbabwe behind Andy Flower’s 815. He scored 433 runs in 2015, the most for Zimbabwe in a single edition of the World Cup.
Five out of nine centuries in ODIs by Zimbabwe captains were scored by Taylor. The remaining four were accounted for by Alistair Campbell and Elton Chigumbura – two each while leading Zimbabwe. Taylor’s four hundreds as a Test captain are also the most by anyone for Zimbabwe.
Seventeen Hundreds in International cricket for Taylor, the most by a batter for Zimbabwe. It includes nine scored as captain, six more than any other skipper for Zimbabwe.