New Zealand’s former batsman in his autobiography claimed that he was “slapped” by one of the owners of the Rajasthan Royals franchise. In his autobiography, Ross Taylor: Black & White, he said that the incident took place in Mohali after the defeat against Kings XI Punjab.
A piece of the book was published on Stuff.co.nz. He wrote;
“The chase was 195, I was lbw for a duck and we didn’t get close. Afterward, 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.”
“When you go to a new team, you don’t get that backing. You never feel comfortable because you know that if you go two or three games without a score, you come under cold-eyed scrutiny,” wrote Taylor in his autobiography “Ross Taylor: Black & White”.
Ross Taylor played 12 games for the Royals in 2011, scoring 181 runs at a strike rate of 119.
Rajasthan Royals have yet not issued a statement in response yet.
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