New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has been ruled of action for six weeks after complaining of soreness in both hamstrings. The 30-year-old will undergo a strength and conditioning rehabilitation programme to fully recover from the injury. The six-week injury layoff has also ruled him out of the remainder of the New Zealand season and the beginning of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League. The explosive opener was bought by Kings XI Punjab for INR 50 Lakh during the player auction last month.
Guptill, who missed the first three ODIs of the recently-concluded series against South Africa due to hamstring injury, returned to action is style in the fourth match as he blasted 180 off only 138 balls to help the Black Caps level the series. However, the opener complained of soreness in both hamstrings after the conclusion of the series and with the Champions Trophy coming, the New Zealand team management is not willing to take any risk.
He’ll travel to India ahead of the start of the IPL but will not be available for selection, initially.
“At the moment Martin isn’t fit to play and the time we give him now to strengthen his hamstrings will play a big role in mitigating future risk too,” Simsek said.
“We’ve put a programme in place to make sure that Martin can return to full strength and we’ll continue to monitor him closely.”
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said:
“Having Martin fully fit is critical, as we all know the positive influence he has on our side.
“Martin knows this is an important period to get back to 100 percent so that he can be fully confident when he is on the park. The Champions Trophy isn’t far away,” he concluded.
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