New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill has confirmed he will join the King XI Punjab squad before the start of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.

The New Zealand opener was ruled out from all forms of cricket for at least six weeks earlier in March to undergo six weeks of strength training and rehabilitation on separate hamstring injuries. The 30-year old right-handed batsman had missed the first three matches of the ODI series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury but returned to action is the style in the fourth match by blasting 180 off only 138 balls. However, the top-order batsman complained of soreness in both hamstrings after the conclusion of the series and had been on the sidelines since then. But the player is now all set to return to action as he will be joining his IPL team within a day.

Guptill confirmed the news on Twitter.

Meanwhile, it is very unlikely that the player will be playing the initial matches of the IPL. The New Zealand Cricket had previously confirmed that the batsman would be travelling to India prior to the start of the tournament but they had also stated that the opening batsman would not play in the initial matches. But with Murali Vijay already ruled out of the season, it will be interesting to see the franchise’s approach.

The runners-up of 2014 season will begin their campaign against Rising Pune Supergiant on April 8.

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