Kiwi cricketer Ross Taylor revealed a bizzare incident happened with him in IPL when he used to play for Rajashthan Royals.
Ross Taylor made his debut in IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008. In 2011, Rajasthan Royal secured him. However, he didn’t have a good season with the bat for Rajasthan as he managed to score just 147 runs in 12 matches with strike rate of 119. In next season he was signed up by Delhi Daredevils.
In his autobiography ‘Ross Taylor: Black & White’, he revealed that the team co-owner slapped him 3-4 times when he got out on duck, although the slap was not hard still it was a shocking incident to witness.
Taylor wrote that When you go to a new team, you don’t get that backing. You never feel relaxation because you know that if you go two or three games without a score, you come under inspection.”
“A case in point: Rajasthan played Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. The chase was 195, he was given lbw for a duck and they didn’t get close. Afterwards, the team, support staff and management were in the bar on the top floor of the hotel. Liz Hurley was there with Warnie.
One of the Royals owners said to him that they didn’t pay him a million dollars to get a duck and slapped him across the face three or four times. He was laughing and they weren’t hard slaps but he is not sure that it was entirely play-acting. Under the circumstances he wasn’t going to make an issue of it, but he couldn’t imagine it happening in many professional sporting environments,” taylor added.