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Brendan Taylor says 'I do' to the IPL

Firdose Moonda

February 14, 2014

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Brendan Taylor plays a pull off Vinay Kumar, Zimbabwe v India, 3rd ODI, Harare, July 28, 2013
Brendan Taylor does not expect to have as big a role but hopes he will have the chance to show what he is capable of © Associated Press
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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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Posted by TapiwaGeorge 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.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (February 20, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

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

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar 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 ;-)

Posted by cooljack_143 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.

Posted by anton_ego 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.

Posted by neanderthal 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.

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 15, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Amit_4_Sachin on (February 15, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

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

Posted by Fan1969 on (February 15, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

Brendan is a very good player, but I doubt IPL will see him play because of the 4 foreign player clause.

Warner, Sammy, Finch and Steyn will easily be first choice....hard luck Brendan

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (February 15, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

Lot of fans seem to not realize that he is a WK. His avg might be less but he is a good hitter and he could be the buy of the season (thats too low for overseas batsmen). Probably deserves a bit more but then he can prove the franchises that neglected him .

Posted by wapuser on (February 15, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

He is not going to get a chance in a single game

Posted by wapuser on (February 15, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

He is only going to warm the bench . you guys expect him to play when the 4 foreigners clause exist ?!

Posted by Navas08 on (February 15, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster u are right. @Gagg BT is such a good player. don't estimate a player based on his records. their team didn't often get a chance to play more than 10 matches in a year. if they get a chance to play against India, Aus, Eng, i'm sure he will showcase his talent. the only few teams playing series against them often are Bangladesh and West indies. hope he can do well in IPL, like he does in BPL last season.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Good for BT. Good luck in IPL mate! Hope to see you in Sunrisers colours!

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 15, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

"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.

Put the emphasis on 'IF' Zimbabwe go through the group stage which should actually read 'qualification stage' as the 'group stage' is part of the tournament proper that Zimbabwe will only qualify for if they get past Ireland, Holland and the UAE.

It will be no easy task given the turmoil of the game in the country and the lack of match practice over a sustained period of time now not to mention coming up against an Ireland side comprising seven English County cricketers who, unlike Zimbabwe, will be primed for the tournament.

The warm-up game against Afghanistan will also be a tough match-up for the Zimbabweans as Afghanistan are taking part in the upcoming Asian Cup and will also be primed for the T20 World Cup, unlike Zimbabwe.

Posted by gvarun1975 on (February 15, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

welcome to hyderabad brendan.all the best this season

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 14, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

@ Gagg: Well, the other day someone said Kohli is an average player. We all know what a load of rubbish that is. You are entitled to your opinion but to say Brendan is an average player does his talent no justice. He's a brilliant player who plays for an average international team. You see, constant success has a huge impact on cricketers. Had Brendan played for SA, his stats would make a different reading. I think he brings adequate skills for T20 cricket.

Posted by dp.prabu on (February 14, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Welcome Brendan.. Do your best.. Happy for you.. Fan from India.. :):)

Posted by dabbadubba on (February 14, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

way to go Brendan... Be confident of your abilities and do well.. IPL teams have really showed that they value you more than many of the SL players.. so you can do it

Posted by StevieS on (February 14, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

A lot of rose coloured comments here. Lets be honest, he is a average cricketer and there are much much better batsman in world cricket that didn't get a contract. Look at his record, average.

Posted by carlos9911 on (February 14, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

i hope he gets a chance to show his skill on the platform !!!Way to go TAYLOR all the very best have a blast!

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

At worst, he's maybe half as good a player as Pieterson, but no way is he 30 times worth less than him.

Posted by gladiatorgannicus on (February 14, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

hope he gets 2 play a no of games and does well too.i am happy players 4m Zim are also playing.all the best.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 14, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

I think he WILL get a game because he's a world class player. Besides, SRH don't have a wicket-keeper batsman who can hit the ball like Brendan. They do have Naman Ojha but I don't think he will be playing all the games. So good luck to Brendan and I hope he does well for Hyderabad.

Posted by FRpunk on (February 14, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

So Happy for Him . Its very unlikely that he would get to play the entire tournament but he should be getting a game or two . one of the best things to happen in the auction . Good Luck Brendon . Even though he won`t get to play much but Hey a Net Session with Dale Steyn would be more than Handful .

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Happy for taylor...one of the best players to come out from zim..too sad that he comes from a country which is involved in a crisis of their own..unlike many of the white players coming from zimbabwe who go to england for greener pastures, this guy stuck with the team and has tried to improve zim cricket..hope he does well and earns a lot more in the coming years!!!

Posted by nainil0683 on (February 14, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Good luck Champ! Hope you get a game and perform well for Zimbabwe and yourself.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Fly the nations flag high, captain fantastic!! We know you will not disappoint. Enjoy the challenge :)

Posted by Troyd on (February 14, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Go on Brendan - do us proud! Pave the way for a few more Zimbos!

Posted by kumarnk on (February 14, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

All the best Brendon,,,, would like to see you excel in the tournament which in turn will shift more focus on zimbabwe players... Go for it.

Posted by kohli_is_future on (February 14, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

welcome to ipl Brendon.hope he gets a chance to show his skills in front and behind the wicket.but it seems very unlikely

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Neat story, hope he gets a game. He's a wicket-keeper bat which helps, do Hyderabad have anybody else competent in that department, be it domestic or foreign?

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

One of the good thing that happened out of ipl auction....!

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Very touching interview by Brendan ...Welcome to IPL man, we know you will give more than 100%...

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

i think rahul and ojha will bat only in opening order that is filled with dhawan warner and finch and sole wk is brendan taylor i hope he plays more matches in srh

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