New Zealand's Martin Guptill, Trent Boult Dropped For India White-Ball Series

Pace bowler Trent Boult retired from the white ball team a few months after his national contract was terminated. Also, Martin Guptill's hopes of a fourth 50-over World Cup were dashed when New Zealand left him out of their white-ball squad to play India.

The 36-year-old batsman was a member of the Black Caps squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia but did not feature in any matches as the selectors opted for emerging youngster Finn Allen to open with Devon Conway.

What did the Head Coach Say?

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead admitted that Martin Guptill had missed out on the Finn's rise and success at the top of the order in white-ball cricket. He explained that this is how performance sports work.

With the 50-over World Cup less than a year away, Stead emphasised the team's intention to give Finn ample opportunity to gain ODI experience, especially against strong opponents such as India.

Stead pointed out that the team had said players on central or domestic contracts would be given preference when Boult withdrew from his NZC contract in August, and that policy had been followed in this instance. Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner and Adam Milne will form the fast bowling lines.

Martin Guptill Over the Years 

Despite losing three fingers in a childhood accident, this naturally gifted batsman was undeterred. Martin Guptill became a part of New Zealand's 2008 ICC Cricket World Cup Under-19 squad and made his one-day international debut for the Black Caps in early 2009. His debut score of 122 was quite impressive.

Guptill represented New Zealand in eight games during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.His best performance came against Zimbabwe when he scored 86 runs not out. He also excelled in the 2015 competition, being the top scorer and scoring a stunning double century against the West Indies.

Since making his debut in the longer version of the game in 2010, Guptill has won nearly 30 Tests and scored two centuries. He was selected for the Test squad for the first time since the Black Caps tour of England in mid-2013 due to his outstanding performance at the World Cup.

Martin Guptill Records

New Zealand team's opening batsman Martin Guptill had several chances to create records for his group. His stunning score of 237, the highest ever New Zealand individual score, is one of his most famous achievements. He is the only player from New Zealand ever to score 200 or more in One Day Internationals.

Martin Guptill also holds the record for most runs scored (237) in a limited overs game while remaining unbeaten throughout an innings. Along with Ross Taylor, he holds the distinction of being one of only two New Zealand players to score a century against each of the nine Test nations.

In a day-night Test, Martin Guptill also boasts the distinction of being the first player to bat with the pink ball. Ironically, he is the only player to have been removed from a Test match by this type of pink ball. Guptill holds the record for the fastest fifty by a New Zealander off just 17 balls and is the only batsman from the country to do so three times in One Day Internationals. Additionally, despite facing three ducks during the competition, Guptill finished with the most runs in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Martin Guptill's exclusion from New Zealand's squad for the India series and Trent Bouult's retirement from white-ball cricket underline their divergent paths. Despite the obstacles, Guptill's impressive career and achievements highlight his athletic talent and tenacity.

When is Martin Guptil’s birthday?
Martin Guptill was born on 30th September 1986. 
Who is Martin Guptill’s wife?
Martin Guptill is married to the sports reporter Laura McGoldrick.

How many 4s has Martin Guptill hit in his ODI career?

Martin Guptil has hit 750 4s throughout his ODI career.