Former New Zealand batter Ross Taylor revealed that he was ‘slapped’ by one of the owners of the Rajasthan Royals franchise during the 2011 IPL season.
Taylor made this shocking revelation in his new autobiography, Ross Taylor: Black & White, and said that the incident took place after RR suffered a defeat against Kings XI Punjab ( Punjab Kings) in Mohali.
“The chase was 195, I was lbw for a duck and we didn’t get close,” Taylor wrote in his book, a section of which was published on Stuff.co.nz as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“Afterwards, 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,” he further wrote in his autobiography.