Martin Guptill said – “The door is not closed on me playing for New Zealand again”. Martin did not play a single game at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. As the team management preferred Fin Allen and Devon Conway to begin the innings.
Guptill, a veteran New Zealand hitter, may have fallen out of favor with the national team. But he has not given up hope and has vowed to make a good return.
The Melbourne Renegades have signed the dynamic opener. As an overseas substitute for England batting all-rounder Liam Livingstone for the forthcoming Big Bash League. He made this decision after being freed from his central contract in New Zealand.
It remains to be seen if Guptill will be retained by the Kiwi national selectors. And team management, particularly with an eye on next year’s ODI World Cup in India.
Martin Guptill said “It’s all about playing as much cricket as I can”
“It’s all about playing as much cricket as I can while I’ve got only got a few years left in the game,”Guptill said.
“I need to be playing as much cricket as possible and I guess being on the outer of the international team at the moment, I just needed to go away and find some cricket and get back playing,”
“I’ve loved playing for New Zealand and loved being part of what we’ve achieved over the last decade or so since I’ve been in the side and it’s sad to have walked away from the contract, but it also opens up different avenues,”He added.
“The door is not closed on me playing for New Zealand again, so hopefully I’ve got my foot in there still and I can score some runs and get back in there,”He conclude.
Guptill is still New Zealand’s all-time leading T20I run-scorer. And the third-highest run-scorer in the shortest format, trailing only batting superstar Virat Kohli and India captain Rohit Sharma. He has 3531 runs from 122 matches at an average of 31.82 and a strike rate of 135.7.
The season hitter was bench during the T20 World Cup 2022 as team management put their trust in Finn Allen and Devon Conway as openers. The Blackcaps concluded the Super 12 stage as the table-toppers, but a seven-wicket loss against Pakistan in the semi-finals ended their tournament advancement.