Ross Taylor’s recent visit to India was a memorable one for him as he impressed with the bat right from the first ODI encounter. Not just on the field, Taylor garnered praises from cricket fans for his off-field antics, when he left everyone in splits with his hilarious Hindi banter with former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag. The banter which began with Sehwag referring Taylor as Darji (a tailor) was brilliantly ended by Ross Taylor who replied Sehwag in Hindi on twitter. On his departure from India after a fruitful limited over series, Taylor took to social media to reveal the secret behind his sharp Hindi skills.
So it was not Ross Taylor, but Ish Sodhi and a Black Caps administrative team member who were behind the hilarious banter that took place between Sehwag and Taylor after the first ODI. Ish Sodhi, real name – Inderbir Singh Sodhi has Indian roots as he was born in Ludhiana, Punjab in 1992 but started out his cricketing career in New Zealand with his family shifting there. Sodhi helped Ross Taylor this time off the field as the duo stunned Sehwag with hilarious replies to his tweets in Hindi. Ross Taylor posted a picture with Sodhi and a team member Dev before leaving India and revealed the secret behind his impressive Hindi. “As always India it was a pleasure. FYI – the two responsible for helping me with banter with @virendersehwag are here in this photo, thanks Dev and @ic3_odi , signing off with one last message: Dhullai aur Silaai Anne waale samay mein jaari rahegi, Taylor captioned the post.
The banter started with Sehwag taking to twitter to praise Taylor’s brilliant partnership with Latham which sinked India’s ship in the first ODI in Mumbai. “Well played @RossLTaylor Darji ji . Great effort after handling the pressure of Diwali orders,”Sehwag wrote on Twitter. To which Taylor replied, Thanks @virendersehwag bhai agli Baar Apna order time pe Bhej dena so Mai Apko agli Diwali ke pehle deliver kardunga ….happy Diwali.
Taylor finished the ODI series with 155 runs from 3 innings at an astounding average of 51.66. Though New Zealand lost both the T20 and the ODI series against the hosts, they would take back a lot of positives from the limited over series.