Martin Guptill has had a terrible 2019 World Cup with the bat, failing to make any significant contribution in the opening slot. However, his direct hit in the semi-final to find MS Dhoni short of the crease proved to be the most important moment of the match as that marked the end of India’s hopes of overhauling New Zealand’s total.
In the 49th over of the innings in a high-pressure situation, Guptill nailed in a direct hit from deep fine leg that caught Dhoni off-guard and just inches before the crease. Talking about the unforgettable throw, Guptill admitted he was merely lucky to get such pinpoint accuracy on the throw.
“I did not think the ball was actually coming to me, I tried to get there as soon as I could. Once I got hold of the ball, I thought it was actually quite straight. Lucky enough to get a direct hit from out there, lucky for us he was out of his ground,” he said.