Martin Guptill: Leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, goes through nightmarish time in 2019


India vs New Zealand Semi-Final: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has had a torrid time at the World Cup 2019 after his latest failure against India in Manchester – a stark difference from his form 4 years ago.

Martin Guptill walks back after scoring just 1 against India in Manchester

Martin Guptill walks back after scoring just 1 against India in Manchester (Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Martin Guptill was dismissed for just 1 in New Zealand’s semi-final against India in Manchester
  • Guptill has only scored 167 runs in World Cup 2019
  • India also forced New Zealand to the lowest Powerplay score by any team during this World Cup

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has had a torrid World Cup 2019 so far and when he was dismissed after scoring just 1 run off 14 balls in the World Cup 2019 semi-final against India in Manchester, the batsman was bound to be disappointed. Guptill’s poor run of form in the ongoing tournament seems even worse when one considers that he was the leading run-scorer in the last World Cup.

New Zealand’s run to the final of the 2015 World Cup saw Guptill amassing 547 runs including a 237 vs West Indies. Four years later, Guptill’s runs-tally in World Cup 2019 hasn’t even crossed his highest score against West Indies.

After starting with an unbeaten 73 against Sri Lanka during New Zealand’s opening match, Guptill’s scores in the next 8 matches read: 25, 0, 35, 0, 5, 20, 8, 1 – a total of 167 runs at a dismal average of 20.87. Not surprisingly, Guptill’s average is also the worst among openers at the World cup 2019.

On Tuesday against India, Guptill was hit on the pads in line of the stumps off the first ball of the match from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but he survived as India’s DRS review predicted the ball to be missing the leg-stump. Guptill was expected to make the most of this early reprieve but immaculate bowling from India’s new-ball pair of Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah meant Guptill and his opening partner Henry Nicholls failed to score off the 1st 16 deliveries.

As the pressure mounted, Bumrah hit the deck hard and got one to rear from the middle of the pitch as Guptill tried to play it off the backfoot only managing a sharp edge to Virat Kohli at 3rd slip who took a sharp catch.

Guptill’s departure also continued New Zealand’s poor run of opening partnerships at World Cup 2019. After an unbeaten 137-run 1st wicket stand against Sri Lanka in their match, NZ openers have failed to even cross 40 in their next 8 matches. In these matches, Kiwi openers have only managed to put up 84 runs in partnerships for the 1st wicket at an average of just 10.5!

New Zealand claimed another unwanted record as India forced them to the lowest Powerplay score of this World Cup – 27/1 beating India’s own 28/1 after 10 overs scored against hosts England last month.

This is only the 5th time since the 1999 World Cup that New Zealand have made fewer than 30 in the first 10 overs of a World Cup game. Given the kind of form New Zealand openers have been in this tournament, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to the most ardent of New Zealand fans.

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