Martin Guptill, New Zealand batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Black Caps openers' form and consistency key to Kiwi's chances

Since the 2015 World Cup, Martin Guptill has averaged over 50, with a strike rate just under 100. He has been consistent also, averaging over 50 and scoring at least one century against every opponent except England and India in that time.

Michael Wagener, Apr 22, 2019 18:50:22 IST

Before the last World Cup, almost every New Zealand cricket writer had suggested that Martin Guptill should be dropped. His form was so woeful that people were suggesting ways that he might get injured so that someone else might get a turn. He responded to that criticism by being the top run scorer at that World Cup and going on to score truckloads of runs over the next couple of years - to the point that he was labelled by one South African cricket writer as part of New Zealand's trinity of batting gods (alongside Taylor and Williamson).

New Zealand’'s Martin Guptill celebrates after scoring a double century. AP

File photo of Martin Guptill . AP

Since that World Cup, he's averaged over 50, with a strike rate just under 100. He has been consistent also, averaging over 50 and scoring at least one century against every opponent except England and India in that time.

Guptill is also one of the better fielders in the world, covering a wide expanse of the park all by himself. His extraordinary acceleration is even more remarkable given that he is missing some toes on one foot after a forklift incident when he was younger.

The trademark shot from Guptill is the look down lofted drive. He's found that when hitting straight, if he keeps his head down (like a golfer) he can hit the ball more consistently, so when he's trying to hit a ball for six, he doesn't lift his head to see where it's gone. Instead, he just holds the pose, confident his power will be sufficient that he won't need to run.

England has been a place where he has experienced a degree of success, both playing as an overseas professional in domestic cricket, and in tours for New Zealand. His 189 not out at Southampton in 2013 is an innings that few who saw it will ever forget. Another innings or two like that and New Zealand could be in for some big victories.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:22:05 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254