There couldn’t be a better comeback than that of Martin Guptill in international cricket. After sitting out for first three games due to a hamstring injury, Guptill returned for the fourth match and smashed an unbeaten 180 against South Africa to seal the match by seven wickets.
The opener lashed on the bowlers from the outset, having to hit 15 boundaries and eleven massive sixes. In the meanwhile he broke few records too, as that of becoming the first batsman ever to score 180 or plus scores three times (180*, 189 and 237) in ODI’s, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Vivian Richards, who have done it twice.
Hamilton hosted the all important game for Kiwis, given they were trailing 2-1 in the five-match series. South Africa posted a target of 280 which the hosts chased with five overs to spare. Many across the cricketing globe heaped praise for the opener including the captain Kane Williamson, who said, ‘This is possibly the greatest knock he has even seen.’
The series has been squared at two all now with the decider to be played at Eden Parks in Auckland on March 4.
Twitter, on the other hand, wished him his awe-inspiring knock on Wednesday. Sportzwiki brings you the best of the tweets on Guptill’s innings.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 1, 2017
Martin Guptill is the only player to hold the record of the top-three ODI innings for his team – 237*, 189*, 180*. #NZvSA
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) March 1, 2017
— @asifpitafi (@ICC4Live2) March 1, 2017
Great effort by all our guys who gave it their all n its a pity we didnt win but hats off to @Martyguptill for that amazing knock tonight!
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) March 1, 2017
— Satyam Aarabh (@satyam_aarabh) March 1, 2017
— Scotty Stevenson (@sumostevenson) March 1, 2017