Martin Guptill describes his team's heart-wrenching loss at the ICC World Cup 2019 as 'the best and worst day of his life'. He is finally ready to leave the emotional baggage behind and is eying the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. He will feature in the T20 leg of the ongoing Sri Lanka tour and is set to resume national duties for the three T20 Internationales starting from 1st September at Pallekele.
After one of the most bizarre cricketing nights in the history of cricket, England won their maiden World Cup title on basis of boundary count in their own backyard amidst controversial circumstances. The balances and scales shifted swiftly in that unforgettable final. Sadly, though, New Zealand were edged out in that hair raising match.
There was one man who was left stranded in the middle and left broken. Martin Guptill felt loneliest on the cricket field as he fell short of the crease in an attempt to complete the second run which would have resulted in New Zealand's win. Also, it was his throw that ricochet off Ben Stokes' bat and then an error of judgment from Kumar Dharmasena awarded England extra runs.
In hindsight, Guptill has ambivalent feelings about the peculiar final: "I guess you see it as the best and the worst day of your cricketing career. The ebbs and flows of the game made it such a good one for the spectators. It was just unfortunate we came out on the other side of it.”
Warm-up T20 compete in Colombo with a 33-run win over Sri Lanka A. Munro 48*, Taylor 41*, Guptil 22, Kuggeleijn 4-19, Sodhi 3-43, Santner 1-23. Full scorecard: https://t.co/qovVNdKmS7 #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/Yu7jX4viRz— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 29, 2019
Life moves on and so he cannot afford to let the emotions get better of him and let bygones be bygones. Guptill is slowly returning back to routine, recovering from the jolts of the world-shaking final. The aggressive and towering batsman wants to focus on next year's T20 World Cup carnival in Australia and so the T20 series in Sri Lanka is a perfect opportunity for him to get runs under his belt.
After a brief hiatus post-World Cup, Guptill participated in the ongoing Vitality Blast Twenty20 competition in the UK, but he has left the tournament midway for the Sri Lanka tour. His headspace is right ahead of the T20 World Cup. "T20 World Cups are always good fun. With it being in Australia next year, it's completely different conditions to what we face at home as well,” he opined.
"It's going to be nice to start off our preparation here, playing in some trying conditions and then head home with a good five-match T20 series against England to lead off the summer."