Martin Guptill is a New Zealand opening batsman. An attacking opener in shorter formats, he is a wonderful hitter of the cricket ball. Martin Guptill was born on 30 September 1986 in Auckland, New Zealand. At the age of 13, he had an accident and lost three toes but he showed great determination and courage to overcome the consequences and pursue his passion for cricket.
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Batting Career Summary
189 v BAN
237* v WI
237* v WI
105 v AUS
36 v SCO
90 v AH
50* v DC
Martin Guptill holds plenty of records such as being the top run-scorer in World Cup cricket, scoring three consecutive ODI centuries, ODI double century, the fastest ODI fifty achieved by a New Zealander and the 4th highest T20 opening stand, to name a few.
Martin Guptill first represented New Zealand in the 2006 ICC under-19 cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.
Martin Guptill is arguably one of the best ODI batsmen in the world. He is someone who, once in the flow, is very difficult to stop. Besides, Guptill is regarded as one of the finest contemporary fielders. Martin Guptill has a habit of scoring big runs and breaking records. Martin Guptill is currently ranked 15th in the ICC ODI batsmen’s chart. Guptill is the first Kiwis batsman to score a century on ODI debut; he made his ODI debut for New Zealand against the West Indies on 10 January 2009.
Guptill is a powerful hitter of the ball and likes scoring quick runs. In the 2015 ICC World Cup tournament, Guptill was the top run-scorer with 547 runs which also includes his knock of unbeaten 237 from 163 balls against the West Indies in the quarter-final. With that, he became the first New Zealand batsman and fifth overall to score a double century in One Day Internationals.
2015 was the best year for Martin Guptill in ODIs as he scored 1489 runs from 32 ODIs at an average of 55.15. Moreover, in the 2011 World Cup, Guptill was the second-highest run-getter for New Zealand.
Over the years, Guptill played many match-winning knocks and single-handedly won the game for his side. The key feature of his batting is strokeplay and making big hundreds. Guptill is the 16th ODI batsman to score 5000 ODI runs in less than 133 games. He also holds a record for scoring 11 sixes in an innings and the second-fastest ODI fifty (17 balls). In Martin Guptill’s ODI career, he scored 6843 runs from 183 matches at an average of 42.24. He scored a total of 16 ODI hundreds, including a double and 37 fifties.
In T20 format, Martin Guptill has been the biggest threat for any opponent playing against New Zealand because of his abilities of hard hitting and taking the game away from an opponent in few balls. Martin Guptill got out on a duck in his T20I debut match against Australia in 2009. However, he has gone on scoring big runs in T20 International and he is currently one of the most successful T20 international batsmen.
Martin Guptill is the third-highest scorer in T20I with 2536 runs from 85 T20I games. Guptill is among nine players who have scored two or more T20I hundred. Guptill’s first century – 101 not out –came against South Africa in 2012, while the second one – 105 – was scored against Australia in 2018.
Guptill is one of the most destructive players in world cricket at the moment. He scored 119 sixes, which is the second-best result after Rohit Sharma. Martin Guptill’s longest six came against South Africa; he smashed Tsotsobe for a massive six that traveled 127 meters. In 85 T20Is, Martin Guptill scored 2536 runs at a great average of 32.52 and a strike rate of 134.61.
Following success in the shorter format, Martin Guptill was included in the New Zealand Test team. Guptill made his Test debut against India in the first Test at Hamilton in March 2019, scoring 14 and 48. In red-ball cricket, Guptill batted mainly in the middle order. Martin Guptill’s first Test century came against Bangladesh in February 2010 when he scored 189 runs, notably his highest Test score. His other two Test centuries came against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.
Martin Guptill was the first man to face a pink ball in a day-night Test match at Adelaide in November 2015. Unlike his success in the shorter format of the game, talented Martin Guptill has never been able to establish himself in the longer format of the game. Despite getting many opportunities to succeed, he failed to emulate his outstanding ODI performance in red-ball cricket.
Martin Guptill played his last Test in the New Zealand 2016 tour of India. Due to his constant failures, he was excluded from the Test squad. At the moment, with the success of the New Zealand current Test team, it’s difficult for Guptill to make a comeback in this format of the game. Overall, Martin Guptill played 47 Test matches, scoring 2586 runs at an average of 29.39 with three Test centuries and 17 fifties.
Martin Guptill has always had a big reputation for hitting sixes and scoring quick runs in the powerplay. Following great success in international cricket, his IPL entry seemed never too far. Martin Guptill has played for different IPL franchises in the last three years. Firstly, Guptill played for Mumbai Indians in the 2016 Indian Premier League as a replacement for the injured opener Lendl Simmons.
During the IPL 2019 auction, Martin Guptill was bought by Sunrises Hyderabad for his base price of INR 1 Crore. However, Guptill could get to play only three games in which he just scored 81 runs.
Later, Sunrises Hyderabad released Martin Guptill ahead of the IPL 2020 auction. Very surprisingly, in the IPL 2020 auction, Martin Guptill, one of the best limited-overs openers in the modern era, went unsold for his base price of INR 1 Crore. He is likely to be the first choice for any IPL franchise in case any of their openers get injured. Martin Guptill’s IPL career consists of just 13 games, in which he scored 270 runs at an average of 22.50 and an amazing strike rate of 137.76. He has smashed 15 sixes and 42 fours in the IPL so far.