Martin Guptill’s return after the injury was cut short by another one as the opening batsman was ruled out of the upcoming T20 series against Rohit Sharma led- Indian team. Guptill was replaced by all-rounder James Neesham who proved his worth in the final two ODIs against India.
Guptill had promising numbers in the series against Sri Lanka but he failed to prove his worth in the four ODIs against India by just scoring 47 runs.
“Unfortunately Martin hasn’t recovered in time for this Twenty20 series which is very condensed with three games over five days,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
“It’s a shame as he’s obviously a big part of our white-ball sides, but we’ve got to look at the big picture and ensure he gets the injury right.”
Future of Martin Guptill
Guptill caught up with the injury prior to the final ODI against India. He is now expected to take part against the touring Bangladesh series which starts next week.
Black caps will now square-off against India in the three match T20 series which starts in Wellington on 6th February followed by games in Auckland’s Eden Park on February 8 and the final game at Hamilton on February 10.
New Zealand squad for T20 series: Kane Williamson (capt), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor