Christmas comes for Brendan TaylorPosted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 25, 2007
His heroics during the ICC World Twenty20 continue to grab peoples attention. Because of Brendan Taylor's match winning 60 not out from just 45 deliveries against Australia, he was nominated by Cricinfo.com's panel of experts in the best Twenty20 batsman of 2007 category.
His nomination puts him in the company of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Ashraful, Chris Gayle, Misbah-ul-Haq, Justin Kemp and Andrew Symonds.
This is what Cricinfo have to say:
Brendan Taylor: 60 off 45 balls v Australia
World Twenty20, Cape Town
It wasn't a typical Twenty20 blitz. Taylor's 60 came off 45 runs and included only two sixes. What made it special was, it led Zimbabwe to a hard-earned and historic victory against a power-packed Australia. Zimbabwe's bowlers did a splendid job of restricting Australia to 138 on a slow pitch, but most people expected Australia to still prevail. Taylor, however, stood firm at one end while the batsmen at the other searched for quick runs. He wasn't flustered when Chamu Chibhabha and Tatenda Taibu fell in successive overs, or when the rain threatened to bring Duckworth-Lewis into a tense equation. The situation was getting out of hand with 52 needed off 36 balls, and Taylor responded with two sixes off Brad Hodge. With 12 needed off the final over, Taylor swept Nathan Bracken for four before sealing the victory with four leg-byes off the penultimate delivery.
Congratulations to Brendan Taylor, hopefully you walk away with the award!