James Taylor is a former English cricketer who had made 14,771 runs in domestic with a First-Class average of 46 and List A average of 53 which is was the fourth-best of all time, just behind the Australian finisher Michael Bevan and AB de Villiers, and India's Cheteshwar Pujara. Read More Twitter Reactions: Stokes, Bairstow power England to a 6-wicket victory in 2nd ODI.
Taylor made his One Day International (ODI) debut for England in August 2011. James Taylor was deemed as a prospect considering his clean hitting and clicking prowess. Despite him being just 5'5, James used to a good player against short balls. His natural ability time the time the ball and striking flexibility allowed him to adapt quite well in circumstances. James had represented international side 27 times in ODI making 871 runs at a phenomenal average of 42.
"A serious heart condition, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), forced him to retire from all cricket in April 2016. Then, 26-year old was more than shattered and pierced with the thought of terminating cricket for good." he said.
"I had my usual morning nap, and then did the warm-up. Towards the back end of the warm-up that's when my chest started getting tight. Apart from being tight it was beating at a million miles an hour. We were doing just a couple of routine catches and throws. My heart was going wild at a funny rhythm. It was probably only about four degrees, really cold, and I got inside. Sweat from me is hitting the ground hard. So I knew I wasn't right.
And that's when I thought I was going to die."
This is how England cricketer James Taylor recalls the day his life changed for ever. The day he survived. "I occasionally lay in bed – like I'm sure a few people have done – and wondered what it would be like if I died. Who would turn up to my funeral? And what would people say? "And the outpouring of emotion to me was like I'd died. It was quite dramatic in that sense, but it was amazing.Once the release had been made to the press and the messages started flooding in, it took my attention away from my career and me not being able to do the thing that I loved ever again." James added.
Two years after his retirement, in 2018 he was appointed as a selector for the England team.
One of the hapless cricketers who were forced to terminate their respective career in cricket, James Taylor is certainly among the underrated ones.