Born on September 30, 1986, Martin James Guptill, popularly known as Martin Guptill turns 34 today. Guptill has been New Zealand’s option for the opening slot for a long time now and is one of the most experienced cricketers in the side currently. Born in Auckland, Guptill caught the eyes of cricket enthusiasts as he represented his country in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2006. Guptill made his First-Class debut for Auckland against Canterbury in 2006. His debut match was dramatic. In his debut innings, the right-hander couldn’t open his account while, in the 2nd innings of the match, he missed his century by 1 run when Jesse Ryder dismissed him on 99.
Martin Guptill made his ODI debut against West Indies at Auckland in 2009.
In his very first match, Guptill played a brilliant knock of 122 runs to help New Zealand post a total of 275 runs on the board. He is the first Kiwi batter to score a century on ODI debut. He has emerged as the cornerstone of Black Caps in white-ball cricket. Speaking of his numbers, the batsman has scored 2586, 6843, 2536 in 43 Tests, 183 ODIs 86 T20Is respectively. The swashbuckling opener is the highest run-scorer for New Zealand in T20Is and third-highest overall.
Guptill scored 547 runs in 2015 World cup and was the highest run-scorer of the tournament.
Martin Guptill rewrote record books when he became the first Kiwi batsman to score a double ton in ODIs. The New Zealand opener’s 237-run knock, which is highest by an individual in World Cups, helped him become the second highest scorer in an ODI innings second only to Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who hit 264 against Sri Lanka. In the historic knock of 237, he also became the first cricketer from New Zealand to carry his bat through a completed innings.
Guptill broke several records. But what makes his feat extra-ordinary is the fact that Cricket is something more than life to him. He is nicknamed as Marty Two Toes. This is because he has just two toes on his left feet. During his childhood, an accident, which could have cost him life, made him more determined towards the sport. At a tender age of 14, the cricketer had met with a major accident and suffered serious injuries. During the accident, his foot was crushed with a fork hoist. The accident resulted in surgical amputation of the three smaller toes of his left foot. Stephen Fleming had visited him in the hospital during that horrifying time which boosted Martin’s morale.
In spite of having such an astonishing record at the highest level, the veteran had faced a lot of criticism off-late as he had a poor World Cup campaign and also failed to scored two runs off the last delivery in the super over of the final of 2019 World cup. However, the opener will aim to bounce back and will look to redeem himself by guiding New Zealand to the ICC World T20 title in 2021.
By Paramdeep Rathee