Ros Taylor make shocking allegation against Rajasthan Royals, says one of the owners slapped him: Former New Zealand cricketer Ros Taylor has made shocking revelations in his newly launched autobiography – “Ross Taylor: Black & White” wherein he claims that one of his IPL franchise owners had slapped him during the 2011 season of the Indian Premier League.
The kiwi batter, who recently drew curtains from all forms of cricket, disclosed that during the IPL 2011, one of the Rajasthan Royals owners had slapped him after he was dismissed for a duck against Kings XI Punjab and RR lost the match.
He also alleged one of the RR owners as saying – “They don’t pay him a million dollars to get a duck.”
“The chase was 195, I was lbw for a duck and we didn’t get close,” Taylor wrote in his book, an excerpt of which was published on Stuff.co.nz. “Afterwards, the team, support staff and management were in the bar on the top floor of the hotel. Liz Hurley was there with Warnie [Shane Warne]. 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.”
As of now, Rajasthan Royals (RR) hasn’t issued any statement regarding the allegations hurled at them by their former player.
Notably, Ros Taylor was purchased by the Rajasthan Royals by shelling out one-million dollars during the 2011 player auctions. Before his stint with RR, Taylor had joined forces with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from IPL 2008 to 2010.
He voiced that he wished to have stayed with the RCB, after IPL 2010, and remained as a one-team man for a longer period of time rather than tracing different franchises.
“While it was amazing to go for a million dollars [in IPL 2011], in the long run I would’ve been better off if RCB had got me for US$950,000. If they had, it would have been my fourth year with them. While the IPL is pretty unsentimental, there is loyalty towards long-serving players and I probably would have had a longer IPL career as a one-franchise player,” Ros Taylor wrote.
When you play for a franchise for a long period of time, players get good backing from the management and the support staff and there is a healthy layer of understanding, however, that’s not the case when you play for a fresh team. You never feel comfortable [with new team] because you know that if you go two or three games without a score, you come under cold-eyed scrutiny, wrote the Kiwi batter.
Ros played 11 matches for Rajasthan in the 2011 season of the IPL and scored 181 runs at a strike rate of 119.