Martin Guptill, New Zealand.
Martin Guptill, New Zealand. (Photo: Twitter)

New Zealand’s opening batter Martin Guptill has revealed losing an enormous amount of weight after his lengthy knock in his team’s latest win over Scotland on Wednesday, November 3 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.

New Zealand and Scotland had clashed in Dubai in a day match with the BlackCaps being asked to bat first as Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer won the toss. Martin Guptill was the flavor of the Kiwi innings as he made a brilliant 93 in just 56 balls with 6 fours and 7 sixes to his name at an economy of 166.07.

Thanks to him and Glenn Phillips’ 33, New Zealand was able to put on 172/5 in 20 overs despite losing Kane Williamson for a duck and Devon Conway for 1 run. For Scotland, Brad Wheal and Safyaan Sharif picked two wickets apiece.

Martin Guptill, New Zealand.
Martin Guptill, New Zealand. (Photo: Twitter)

In reply, despite Michael Leask’s 42* and other contributions from Scotland batters, the team fell short by 16 runs, finishing on 156/5 in 20 overs. For New Zealand, Trent Boult with 2/29 and Ish Sodhi with 2/42 was the best pick of the bowlers as the Kiwis inched one step closer to semi-finals qualification.

The Hydration Process Was Started Quickly When I Came Into The Pavilion: Martin Guptill

Guptill’s knock was not only an amazing one but also a draining one as it was played under the blazing desert sun in Dubai.  He played until the penultimate over guiding the New Zealand team to an impressive total.

However, he revealed to TVNZ’s Breakfast hours after the match that he has lost quite a bit of weight after spending the better part of the almost 2 hours long innings under the Dubai heat.

Martin Guptill, New Zealand.
Martin Guptill, New Zealand. (Photo: Twitter)

He said: “When I came off the field after batting, I’d lost about 4.4 kilos so the [hydration] process had to start pretty quickly after that.”

Guptill and Phillips had added 105 runs for the fourth wicket that steadied the ship for the Kiwis. The right-handed opener talked about how he and Phillips have done well together even in domestic cricket.

“I’m getting there slowly; I was pretty cooked but we have a day off so I won’t be doing too much there. We didn’t have a great start, losing three wickets in the powerplay, it wasn’t quite a rescue mission but Glenn and I had to assess the situation and then put a partnership together.”

Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips. Photo- AP
Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips. Photo- AP

“I’ve played a lot of cricket with Glenn, we know how each other bat, we’ve put on some good partnerships for Auckland back home, so it was easy to get a partnership going together with him,” Guptill said.

New Zealand are currently placed third in the table in Group 2 with four points and a net run rate of 0.816. They have two matches left against Afghanistan and Namibia respectively and winning them both will put them into the semi-finals.

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