Challenger of the Day- Ross Taylor
RCB's most explosive batsman on the one thing not many people know about him, a wicked Samoan dish he would feed the team and the farthest six he's hit.
Up close and personal with an RCBian!
Fans, fire away your quirky questions and I'll get the best ones answered by Ross within 72 hours!
Photograph courtesy Chief Photographer Ashish Parmar
On a sleepy Monday morning, as the rest of the team sprawled across the plush sofas in the Kingfisher lounge at the Delhi airport, Ross Taylor took time off to go to internet surfing. He began with Cricinfo and DD-RCB match review, then smiled and figured it wasn't the best idea!
Stuff.co.nz was next on the list and from there he went onto the New Zealand Herald website. Satisfied with his dose of news, he chatted with me and answered some fun questions about himself even as Keaton Jennings (Ray Jennings's son who's visiting) listened with interest.
On the farthest six he's hit
Well, the grounds in New Zealand are smaller so some may look like they've gone quite far (laughs) but of the measured ones I remember, there was a 119 m shot against Jacob Oram in IPL-1. That should be it.
On performing the Hakka (NZ rubgy team war dance) in public
Everybody wanted to see it in South Africa when I went on a school cricket trip there a long time ago. We had to do it!
On the one Samoan dish he would definitely order for RCB at a team dinner
Raw fish marinated in lemon juice. It's healthy! (laughs)
On whether he's a good cook
I'm a great cook. Chicken tikka masala is one of my specialities. Not.
On the number of stags who play for the Central Stags (Ross's team in NZ)
I'm not sure of the exact number but around half the team!
On the sports he plays other than cricket
I played age group hockey for New Zealand (where the awesome swipes come from?) but hit the golf course occasionally and also play some tennis.
On being Samoan and not having tattoos
Let's just say I was never interested, not scared. (laughs)
On funnest RCB memories off the field
The trip to Mabula Game Park in South Africa last year. We went on safaris together and had a blast. Some bonding session that. On the field, winning the semi-final last year after the comeback in the league stage was special.
On the song he'd love to listen to when walking out to bat
'The Way I are' by Timbaland.
On his off day activities
Sleep! As much of it as I can get.
On his favourite cricketer and what his team mates call him
Sachin! And they call me Rosco. Nice and simple.
On the one thing not many people know about him
I can't swim much!