Martin Guptill, the veteran New Zealand opener is currently in India plying his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he is not yet in contention for a spot in the playing XI. The management have preferred David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan as their four overseas cricketers.
But the senior batsman is utilising his time facing Rashid Khan at the nets to prepare for the ICC World Cup game against Afghanistan on June 8. Meanwhile, the upcoming World Cup will commence from May 30 in England and Wales. Moreover, their skipper Kane Williamson is currently out with an injury and will join the squad when he recovers. So there is very little chance of Martin Guptill making an inroad to the playing XI. The Kiwi opener, who hasn’t faced Rashid Khan a lot is trying to pick his hand ahead of the showpiece event. Guptill faced the Afghanistan spinner in a few games at the Caribbean Premier League.
“I played with him in CPL a couple of years back. He is an amazing bowler. He is very hard to face because he is quick,” Guptill said. “I will be getting into the nets to figure out how to play him because our second game at the World Cup this year is against Afghanistan. Obviously, if I can face him at the nets, maybe I can put some plans in place for the World Cup,” he added.
Correct my technique: Guptill
Martin Guptill also added that he had made a few changes in his batting to come stronger in the World Cup. He revealed that he worked hard on his batting after New Zealand lost the ODI series to India. Guptill is now waiting to make full use of the chances for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The veteran going into detail said that he has worked on his balance and worked with his personal coach at Auckland to make the corrections.
“During the India series, I had some technical problem and I corrected it against Bangladesh,” he said. “My balance was not correct. I was not loading up well in my set up that caused me playing to different lines than I would have liked to. But I did work hard with my longtime coach at Auckland with whom I share a good working relationship,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Martin Guptill is likely to have a go after England player Jonny Bairstow return to the country to join the national squad to prepare for the World Cup.