New Zealand decided to drop grand opener Martin Guptill from the squad for the upcoming white ball series (three T20Is and three ODIs) against India. Guptill did not get a chance in the XIs during the T20 Globalism Cup as the team management preferred the young pair Finn Allen and Devon Conway who worked with them. Meanwhile in the series right after the T20 WC, New Zealand cricket He decided on Allen over Guptill as the veteran opener failed to find a spot on the 15-member squad.
Kiwi captain Kane Williamson praised Guptill before the match India He said he would be looking forward to improving his game as the doors for him are not completely closed at the moment as he still has a chance to make the ODI squad for next year’s World Cup which will be held in India.
Responding to a News18 Cricketnext query in a specific media interaction organized by Prime Video ahead of the India vs New Zealand series, Williamson described Guptill as one of the best cricketers to play in New Zealand.
“A few days ago we just finished the T20 World Cup and Martin was in that squad and he played at home, teams are a little bit smaller so you travel with less players and so the team is picked accordingly. But I mean Martin you would have argued our best ever cricketer For New Zealand or definitely there. So he brings a lot of really good qualities to the team.”
In 198 ODIs, Guptill scored 7,346 runs at an average of 41.73. Guptill is known for his dynamic strikes and blistering jackets. Along with Brendon McCollum, Ross Taylor and Williamson, Guptill played a pivotal role in the white ball revolution in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Guptill is New Zealand’s leading run scorer in T20Is. In 122 T20Is, he scored 3531 runs at a strike rate of 135.7. He is one of the few batsmen to score two centuries in T20Is. While he is also the third-highest player in T20Is after him Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
Williamson spoke about Guptill’s role in the recently concluded T20 World Cup and said he used his experience to share ideas with the players in the squad.
“He’s been fantastic throughout the World Cup, even without playing, he definitely uses his experience to stand by the players and I think that’s just as important. The credit really goes to him and I’m sure as a player he still, like all of us, will continue to improve and add as much as possible to the game.” Sports “.
Allen, who will be playing against India for the first time, has eight One Day International matches for New Zealand and has taken 23 T20I caps.
“The emergence of a Finn and his success at the top of the table in white-ball cricket means a man of Martin Guptill’s class is out,” said New Zealand coach Gary Stead.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Luke Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesam, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Esh Soddy, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner