Ross Taylor surpasses Tendulkar, Kohli with this ODI feat
New Zealand cricket team senior batsman Ross Taylor has been in supreme form in ODI cricket. The Kiwi star slammed 137 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. His century helped New Zealand beat the visitors. Taylor, who notched his sixth consecutive 50+ score in ODIs, went past Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Here's more.
Taylor in red-hot form with the bat
Indian batting legends Kohli and Tendulkar had achieved a total of five consecutive fifty-plus ODI scores. Tendulkar had achieved the feat in 1994. Indian captain Kohli had notched the same in 2012. Taylor amassed scores of 181*, 80, 86*, 54, 90, and 137 in his last six ODI innings. The senior Kiwi international played a key role for NZ in this ODI series.
Taylor joins an elite list with this record
Taylor has gone on to equal NZ skipper Kane Williamson (2015), and Andrew Jones, who hit six consecutive 50-plus scores in ODIs. Taylor also equalled the likes of former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, West Indies' Gordon Greenidge and Australia's Mark Waugh. Meanwhile, Pakistan's Javed Miandad holds the record with nine consecutive 50-plus innings. He achieved the feat in 1987.
Taylor notches impressive 20th ODI career ton
Taylor also hit his 20th ODI career ton. He equalled former Pakistan batsman Saeed Anwar and surpassed Brian Lara and Mahela Jayawardene (19) in terms of ODI centuries. Taylor will be seen next in the ODI series against India and will be the key batsman for the hosts. He could be set for more records in ODI cricket.
New Zealand seal the ODI series 3-0
New Zealand sealed the ODI series against Sri Lanka by a 3-0 margin. New Zealand amassed a mammoth 364/4 in 50 overs. The Lankans managed to get to 249/10 in reply. The hosts will play a one-off T20I against SL next on January 11.