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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Martin James Guptill

Full name Martin James Guptill
Born September 30, 1986, Auckland
Current age 25 years 169 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Derbyshire,New Zealand Academy, New Zealand Under-19s
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Martin James Guptill
Batting and fielding averages
List A99959348915640.56428181.4982136662410
Bowling averages
List A995655322/72/726.504.8932.5000
Career statistics
Test debutNew Zealand v India at Hamilton, Mar 18-21, 2009 scorecard
Last TestNew Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Mar 15-17, 2012 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debutNew Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Jan 10, 2009 scorecard
Last ODINew Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 3, 2012 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debutAustralia v New Zealand at Sydney, Feb 15, 2009 scorecard
Last T20INew Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Feb 22, 2012 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debutAuckland v Wellington at Auckland, Mar 19-22, 2006 scorecard
Last First-classNew Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Mar 15-17, 2012 scorecard
List A debutAuckland v Canterbury at Auckland, Jan 7, 2006 scorecard
Last List ANew Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 3, 2012 scorecard
Twenty20 debutNorthern Districts v Auckland at Hamilton, Jan 20, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Feb 22, 2012 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & BowlTeamOppositionGroundMatch DateScorecard
22, 1New Zealandv South AfricaHamilton15 Mar 2012Test # 2036
16, 6New Zealandv South AfricaDunedin7 Mar 2012Test # 2035
7New Zealandv South AfricaAuckland3 Mar 2012ODI # 3254
58New Zealandv South AfricaNapier29 Feb 2012ODI # 3252
7New Zealandv South AfricaWellington25 Feb 2012ODI # 3249
26New Zealandv South AfricaAuckland22 Feb 2012T20I # 223
47New Zealandv South AfricaHamilton19 Feb 2012T20I # 222
78*New Zealandv South AfricaWellington17 Feb 2012T20I # 221
91*New Zealandv ZimbabweAuckland11 Feb 2012T20I # 219
85New Zealandv ZimbabweNapier9 Feb 2012ODI # 3234
Few players in world cricket play the short-arm pull on one leg with elegance like Martin Guptill. A right-handed top order batsman, Guptill made an immediate impact on the international scene, scoring 122 in a ODI against West Indies, which, at the time, was the second-highest score by a debutant. He gained recognition in the 2007-08 season, topping the overall State Shield run-charts with 596 runs at 59.60. His efforts took Auckland to the final, which they eventually lost to Otago. He carried his purple patch into the Emerging Players tournament in Australia, finishing the highest scorer there as well for New Zealand with 280 runs.

That earned him a call-up to the A side and then to the ODI and Test squads. He was promoted to open in Tests and it's a role he's getting accustomed to. In the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent, he was New Zealand's second-highest run-scorer, with 262 runs at 43.66. He signed with English county side for the 2011 season, scoring 278 runs in five games at 69.50 with two tons in the Clydesdale Bank 40, and 537 runs in eight Championship Division 2 matches. He travelled to India in September 2011 with Auckland for the Champions League T20.

An area Guptill needs to work on is his consistency, given his tendency to throw his wicket away after getting a start. However, he has the gift of timing and on his day, can be a purist's delight. Guptill's success is particularly remarkable as he has only two toes on one of his feet as the result of a forklift accident a few years ago.

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