Martin Guptill began 2015 on a prosperous note, as he had a fantastic 2015 World Cup with the bat. Even though New Zealand didn’t lift the crown, Guptill stood at the top of the run charts. The Kiwi opener played one the best ODI innings of all time in the quarter final game against West Indies, when he remained unbeaten on 237.
In the tests, Guptill made a successful comeback, as he had a productive test series in England. Against the likes of Anderson and Broad, Guptill was well focused and determined to excel. In a recent interview with TOI, Guptill opened up about the World Cup and the England tour that followed. He also sounded optimistic about gaining an IPL contract.
Below are the excerpts from the interview with TOI:
In the lead up to the World Cup, you averaged below 28 in your last 28 matches. But there was massive turnaround in the World Cup, as you scored 547 runs at an average of 68.37. Has life changed after the World Cup?
It has. I have more confidence in my batting now. There was a time when I was scoring runs in patches. But the New Zealand selectors and my captain (Brendon McCullum) and coach (Mike Hesson) supported me. And I am really happy to repay the faith.
You also got a Test call-up for the England series after almost two years.
The call came much quicker than I expected. I was not expecting it at all since I hadn’t played firstclass matches for the past 14 months. But I guess my form in the World Cup and scoring runs for Derbyshire helped me in getting the call-up
You were in tremendous form, but still missed out on an IPL contract.
Like everyone else, it is a dream to play in the league .The league is one of the best and it offers you so much exposure. Hopefully, if I can perform well this year and can score runs at a brisk pace in other T20 leagues like the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), where the pitches are similar to the Indian subcontinent, I might get a contract next year.
You were one of the biggest beneficiaries of the four-fielder rule and batting powerplay when you scored the double century in the World Cup. Now, under the new rules, do you think you would be able to play such an innings again?
It will be difficult but not impossible. The strategy will probably change a little. But the basic approach will remain the same. You will still be on the lookout for loose balls in an over and when you get one, you will obviously try to find the gaps and hit the ball for a boundary .
Recently, you again seem to have hit a rough patch in the Caribbean Premier League.
As an opener, my job is to get the team off to a brisk start and provide a platform for the middle-order from where they can dictate terms. I think I have done that successfully for my team St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ although I have failed to get a big one. And it has been a very competitive league this time around and with a maximum of two points separating the sides, all of them have a good chance to make the semifinals.