He himself has been inspired by Sachin Tendulkar and now New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor wants to be a role model for the youngsters of the Rugby-possessed Samoan tribe.
Taylor, only the second cricketer of Samoan-origin to play for New Zealand, said it was Tendulkar whom he looked up to during his childhood.
“My cricketing hero is Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player to watch and I am fortunate to watch him. As a youngster he was always someone I looked upto,” Taylor said.
“I won’t say I emulated him in the batting style which one can easily say looking at the way I bat, but he always being good to watch. It’s nice to be able to say I played against him,” he said.
But now, Taylor wants to be aspiration for his own tribe.
“Being part Samoan is an untapped market to play cricket, so hopefully in a few years I can inspire a few players to give the game a go, and with the physique of most Polynesians I’m sure there could be a few good all-rounders out there in a few years time,” he added.