IPL 2014 February 14, 2014

Brendan Taylor says 'I do' to the IPL


Brendan Taylor was so confident he would not get picked up by an IPL franchise, he scheduled his wedding for a date which falls in the tournament window. Taylor is due to say "I do," to Kelly Anne Readings just outside Harare on April 29, midway through the event which is penciled in for April 9 to June 3.

"First we had the date as March 29 and that was before the World T20 fixtures were announced. Then we saw that if Zimbabwe go past the group stage it will clash with the wedding, so we didn't want to take that risk," Taylor told ESPNcricinfo. "I didn't think I would get an IPL deal so I thought April was safe. I am going to have to ask very nicely for two days off so I can come back and get married, otherwise maybe I won't have a fiancee to marry anymore. And the honeymoon can wait. I really didn't think I'd get anywhere near the IPL."

And he was almost led to believe he didn't either. Soon after the auction happened, Taylor's brother told him he had missed out again. Taylor tweeted that, "Life goes on, keep pressing on." A few hours later he discovered it was a joke and he had, in fact, been picked up.

The first person outside his family he contacted was Tom Moody, the Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, who he also played under during the Sri Lanka Premier League. "I just sent him an email to say 'Thank you for putting yourself on the line for me and believing in me'," Taylor said.

Under Moody at the Uthura Rudras, Taylor was made vice-captain, kept in all six matches and batted up the order. He scored just 46 runs but made enough of an impact for Moody to want him on his IPL books too. At a much bigger tournament, with many more superstars around, Taylor does not expect to have as big a role but hopes he will have the chance to show what he is capable of.

"I really just want to prove myself as a player," he said. "Tom has constructed the squad very carefully and it will be interesting to see how we all fit in."

He will competing for overseas spots with the likes of Dale Steyn, David Warner and Darren Sammy. Taylor knows all three from interactions on the international circuit but admitted "it will be nice to get to know them better."

Unlike them, Taylor will not be taking home millions. He was sold for a base price of just under US$50,000 but, even though Zimbabwe cricket's financial crisis has left Taylor and his team-mates without a salary for six months, he hasn't thought too much about the money.

"Money is always nice to have but I don't really know what I'm going to do with it or anything," he said.

No doubt some of it will go towards the wedding and flying his young family over to India to experience some of the tournament with him. Taylor and Readings have two young sons, the second of whom also had an interesting date with cricket.

On the eve of Zimbabwe's first Test against Pakistan last September, Readings went into labour and was expected to give birth that day, allowing Taylor to play the match. Baby Mason only arrived in the early hours of the first morning and Taylor had to sit out the match. Now six months old, Mason will get first taste of the IPL soon. "I'm sure Kelly and the kids would love to come over, we'll see how it goes," Taylor said.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • George on February 20, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    It seems the bulk of you want Taylor to fail. If its his time i dont think your bad luck wishing will work.

  • Siva on February 20, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    His chance will come up only if Naman Ojha flops big time or gets injured.

  • Aamir on February 16, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Brendon you can get your wife to India for honeymoon. Walking hand in hand on a breezy evening infront of the Taj could be tempting enough ;-)

  • cool on February 15, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    GL he could play as Warner finch steyn & Taylor.sammy don't hav to be in all the matches.

  • Sundhar on February 15, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    He is a class player but Naman Ojha who was picked at the later stages of the auction didnot do his chances good. Otherwise SRH bought just one WK. Sometimes IPL is hard on players - Eoin Morgan couldn't get more than a couple of games in 2012 season and even McCullum couldn't get a single game last season. Only takeaway for him would be to play alongside Steyn, Warner and co, and most importantly, being mentored by VVS which will do a great deal of good for his Test batting skills.

  • Kaustav on February 15, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Hope this guys gets a chance to play and becomes a success like Shaun Marsh in IPL 1. He has been very consistent for Zimbabwe and should find it easier if IPL is indeed shifted to South Africa.

  • Altaf on February 15, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Though he got lowest amount of IPL, good for billionaire Zim !

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Congrats for your selection, mr. taylor. Please do better than Taibu, to keep your nation's pride. All the best.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Happy for the Lad; humble to the core I see and there doesn't seem to be a more deserving person than him... hope he has a good IPL and honeymoon in Incredible India.

  • Amit on February 15, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Happy for Brendan. He can spend his honeymoon in India :)

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