Martin James Guptill is a New Zealand cricket player who is regarded as one of the most successful batsmen of New Zealand. He is regarded as a legend as he is one of the 6 batsmen in the World to have scored a double century in One Day Internationals.
Martin Guptill was born on 30 September 1986 at Auckland, New Zealand. He is a right handed opening batsman and an occasional right-hand off-break bowler. He has played 309 international matches for New Zealand and has been one of the hardest hitters that New Zealand has produced. Also, Martin Guptill is the first player of New Zealand cricket team to have scored a century in his debut match.
Martin Guptill - Along the years
List A debut for Auckland
First-Class debut for Auckland Aces
Represented New Zealand in the 2006 U19 World Cup
Debuted in ODI and scored his first century
Received Sir Richard Hadlee Medal
Declared the New Zealand Player of the Year 2012
Became the fifth player to score 200 runs in ODI, first in a World Cup
Became the highest T20 scorer
As an opening batsman for New Zealand, Martin Guptill has had a lot of chances to be a record holder for his team. Martin’s most iconic record is that he is the only New Zealand player to have a 200+ score in One Day Internationals. His score of 237 has also made him the highest individual scorer for New Zealand till date.
Also, Martin Guptill holds the record for scoring the most runs (237) and remain unbeaten throughout the innings in a limited-overs match. Martin Guptill also remains one of the only two New Zealand players to have scored a century against 9 different Test playing nations alongside Ross Taylor.
Martin Guptill also remains the first player to have faced the pink ball in a Day Night Test match. Ironically, he also remains the first player to be dismissed by a pink ball in a Day-Night test match. As a New Zealand batsman, Martin Guptill is the only player to have crossed the 180 score mark three times in One Day Internationals and holds the record for scoring the fastest fifty by a New Zealander on 17 balls.
Martin Guptill was also the highest scorer in the 2015 Cricket World Cup — he had achieved this after scoring 3 ducks in the tournament.
Awards and accolades
Martin Guptill was awarded Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for his performances in the 2011-12 season in the international cricket as well as the domestic cricket. He was also declared the New Zealand Player of the Year in 2012.
Martin Guptill has received the Player of the Match award on 17 occasions and each time, the Black Caps had emerged victorious. Also, Martin Guptill was the recipient of the $3 million reward after the 2019 ICC World Cup for the best performance of New Zealand as the team had split the reward amount.
Martin Guptill has had a decorated career since 2009 but he does not have a list of centuries to his name. However, he has successfully remained one of the most reliable cricketers for New Zealand since his debut.
Martin Guptill has been a promising player for his first-team Auckland Aces and still plays for them whenever possible. Martin Guptill has played 110 matches for Auckland Aces and has scored 7056 runs in 199 innings with a top score of 227 runs. His average in domestic cricket is 37.93 and he has scored 15 centuries and 37 half-centuries.
In the List A category, Martin has played 237 matches and scored 9030 runs with 237 runs as his top score. His average in the List A matches for Auckland is 43.00 and he has scored 26 centuries and 45 half-centuries.
In the domestic T20s, Martin Guptill has scored 6805 runs in 236 matches. He has also scored 4 centuries and 44 half-centuries in these matches, which has made him the most successful T20 batsman of New Zealand.
Martin Guptill made his Test debut against India cricket team on 18 March 2009 at Hamilton. He scored 14 runs in the first inning and 48 runs in the second innings of the matches the match was won by India by a 10-wicket margin.
So far, Martin Guptill has played 47 Test matches and has scored 2586 runs at an average of 29.38 with 3 centuries to his name. Martin also has 17 half-centuries to his credit but has never scored a double century in tests and his top score in Tests remains 189.
The One Day International debut for Martin Guptill came on 10 January 2009 against West Indies at Auckland where he scored 122 runs off 135 balls, becoming the first New Zealand player to score a century on his debut. However, the match ended in a no-result after it was interrupted by rain.
Martin Guptill has 6626 runs in ODI cricket in 179 matches at an average of 42.20 per innings. His highest score in ODIs came in the 2015 World Cup when he had played a 237 runs inning in the tournament which made him the highest individual scorer for New Zealand.
Martin Guptill played his first T20 International match against Australia in Sydney on 15 February 2009. He was dismissed for a duck in that match and Australia had won the match by 1 run. However, over the years he transformed himself into a mature batsman in the T20I format and went to become the player to score the most runs in T20I matches.
His record was surpassed by Rohit Sharma later on in 2019. As of now, Martin Guptill has scored 2436 runs in 83 matches at an average of 33.36 and a strike rate of almost 134.
Martin Guptil has been a part of the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League apart from the English County Cricket. In the Caribbean Premier League, he has played for St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots while he has been a member of the Derbyshire County.
Also, Martin Guptill has played for Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. However, his performances in club cricket were never notable due to which he is released by the franchises prior to the next season.
Martin Guptill was born to Peter Guptill and Jan Henderson and has a sister Raewyn Thomas. His spouse, Laura McGoldrick is a radio host and a part-time journalist for Sky Sports by profession and they have a daughter named Harley Louise Guptill.