Best and Worst Day Now in Past, Says Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill of New Zealand went through “the best and worst day” of his career during last month’s Cricket World Cup final against England, but the focus of the first batsmen has now shifted firmly to the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia on next year.
Guptill was heavily involved in two actions that defined last month’s World Cup final, with his pitch from the garden deflecting Ben Stokes’ bat by four to give England six valuable runs and allow them to tie the game.
Guptill, 32, ran out of the final super ball while attempting the second race that would have given New Zealand the title. England eventually won their first World Cup of more than 50 under reaching most limits.
I think you see it as the best and worst day of your cricket career, after joining the New Zealand team in Sri Lanka for his three-match Twenty20 series that starts Sunday in Pallekele. The game’s flows and streams made it so suitable for viewers. It was unfortunate that we went out on the other side.
Spectators in England, still enjoying the euphoria of that victory, did not forgive Guptill while remaining in the country on a short-term contract with Worcestershire to play Twenty20 cricket.
-Guptill at England-
I got some stick from the crowd I think even in home games I got a bit of stick. It’s something you have to put up with and move on quickly. Now I’m here with the boys and looking forward to going.
For the T20 games, Guptill joined a New Zealand team that included only four players: bowler and captain Tim Southee, batsman Ross Taylor and the multifaceted Mitchell Santner and Colin de Grandhomme, who drew the two-player trial series Parties.
New Zealand’s focus over the next 12 months will be in the shortest form of the game, with the World Twenty20 in Australia scheduled for the coming October and November.
-Sri Lanka Series-
The Sri Lanka series, while not played in the conditions they would expect in New Zealand or Australia would allow the team to get back on top of the format.
-Guptill on World Cup T20-
The T20 World Cups are always fun, being in Australia next year, these are also entirely different conditions than we face at home. It’s going to be useful to start our preparation here, play in some severe situations and then come home with an excellent series of five (T20) T20 against England to start the summer.