Ross Taylor, former New Zealand captain and current senior right-handed batsman of the team, who is on the verge of equaling his late mentor Martin Crowe’s record for New Zealand's highest test centuries during the first Test against Bangladesh on Thursday.
After returning from eye surgery in late November, Ross has become a focal point for the New Zealand cricket fans. Ahead of the first test, Taylor said, "Even people in the supermarket come up and mention it,"
The series opener game of the two-match Test series will be played between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Wellington's Basin Reserve on 12 January.
The 32-year-old batsman has 16 centuries to his name while Crowe holds the New Zealand record with 17 centuries. For information, Crowe was a key adviser and close friend of Taylor.
New Zealand won their first five-Test series against Bangladesh while drew their two Tests on tour in 2013 when Taylor posted his highest score so far against Bangladesh with an unbeaten 54 in the first game.
He averages a shade fewer than 56 and he has scored centuries against the West Indies and India in 2013 and 2009 respectively at the Basin Reserve.
Taylor scored a century against Pakistan in his last Test in Hamilton in November before having a little, kind enlargement detached from his left eye.
At the green-topped Basin Reserve has a history of supporting the fast bowlers early before flattening out as well the batting second would be the first choice.
Despite the lack of match play by the tourists on the green wickets, Taylor said that his side cannot afford any contentment against Bangladesh.
Taylor stated, "Over the last few years they haven't played a lot of Test cricket away from home so it's going to be difficult on that wicket."
He added, "We can't take them lightly and I'm sure their fast bowlers will be licking their lips. When there is a bit of green grass it brings the teams a bit closer together."
The Bangladesh cricket team proposes a chance for redemption as they have lost all three ODIs and three T20Is and the two Tests. But the fast bowler Taskin Ahmed is expected to make his test debut against New Zealand, who said that they are looking forward to taking to the green Wellington pitch.
Ahmed stated, "The bowlers are pretty happy - it's greenish and hard, good to bowl on. We're going to enjoy it,"