Martin Guptill Breaks Rohit Sharma's Record Of Most Sixes As He Hit 132 Sixes
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Martin Guptill Breaks Rohit Sharma’s Record Of Most Sixes As He Hit 132 Sixes

Martin Guptill gestures to the crowd after being dismissed. En route to his 97, Guptill overtook Rohit Sharma to top the list for most sixes by a batsman in T20Is. - AP
Martin Guptill gestures to the crowd after being dismissed. En route to his 97, Guptill overtook Rohit Sharma to top the list for most sixes by a batsman in T20Is. - AP

Martin Guptill, a New Zealand opening batsman on Thursday broke India opener Rohit Sharma’s record of most sixes in the shortest format of the game when he whacked eight maximums to announce his return to form.

Martin Guptill’s 97-run onslaught against Australia in the 2nd T20I at Dunedin, New Zealand saw him score 132 T20I sixes, five more than Rohit Sharma’s 127.

Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Martin Guptill Hits 8 Sixes To Go Past Rohit Sharma Who Has Hit 127 Sixes In T20Is

Going through a lean patch, Martin Guptill slammed a whirlwind 97 off just 50 balls to steer New Zealand to 219 runs in the allotted 20 overs against Australia in the second T20I. The Kiwi batsman hit eight sixes and six fours during his sensational knock to leapfrog Rohit Sharma’s record of most sixes in T20Is. The batsman now has 132 while Rohit Sharma has 127 sixes under his belt in the shortest format of the game.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma | AFP

England skipper Eoin Morgan (113), New Zealand batsman Colin Munro (107), and West Indies stalwart Chris Gayle (105) are the other three batsmen to have more than 100 sixes in T20Is.

Marcus Stoinis And Daniel Sams Fight In Vain As New Zealand Prevail By 4 Runs

In reply to New Zealand’s mammoth 219, Australia got off to a promising solid start as the visitors smashed 33 runs from the first three overs. But pacer Tim Southee removed opener and keeper, Matthew Wade, in the fourth over to halt Australia’s chase. But the visitors continued to bat without taking risks and seven overs into the chase, Australia was 64/1 before Ish Sodhi dismissed skipper Aaron Finch on the last ball of the eight over.

Aaron Finch’s dismissal triggered a middle-order collapse which saw Australia losing wickets at regular intervals. The visitors were soon found reeling at 113/6 before Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams came out firing on all cylinders.

Marcus Stoinis of Australia bats.
Marcus Stoinis of Australia bats. Source: Getty Images

The duo stitched a 92-run stand for the seventh wicket in just 37 balls but New Zealand held their nerve in the final over to prevail. Marcus Stoinis (78 off 37) and Daniel Sams (41 off 15) combined for a record seventh-wicket T20I partnership of 92 runs.

James Neesham slammed 45 off 16 balls before Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams almost got Australia over the line. James Neesham dismissed both of them in the final over to help New Zealand secure a win in the second T20I and go 2-0 up after winning the first T20I by 53 runs. James Neesham bowled only a solitary over as the likes of Kyle Jamieson and Ish Sodhi were too expensive.

The experienced Martin Guptill’s average wasn’t more than 30 since the England series in November 2019. Against India, West Indies, and Pakistan he accumulated only 185 runs in 11 T20Is.