Martin Guptill needs no introduction. The veteran New Zealand player batsman made his comeback to the ODI squad with a style scoring the 6000 runs that made him the fifth kiwi player to achieve the milestone and that too the fastest. In doing so Guptill has become the fastest batsman to score 6000 ODI runs surpassing India’s former skipper MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma in terms of the number of innings.
Martin Guptill took 160 ODI matches to reach the landmark playing at an average of 42.89 in his career with a strike rate of 86.49. The highest score of his ODI career so far is 237. In the list of fastest batsmen reaching the goal, Guptill is at number eight. At the top of the list is still South Africa’s Hashim Amla with 123 innings record followed by Virat Kohli (136 innings) and former West Indian batsman Viv Richards (141 innings).
However, Guptill is not the only Kiwi player to make it to the list. He shares it with Ross Taylor, Stephen Flemming, Nathan Astle and Brendon McCullum.
MS Dhoni took 166 innings to reach the milestone of 6000 runs while Rohit Sharma was able to score it in 162 innings. Taking five innings less than Dhoni, Guptill surpassed the Indian duo on the list to reach 6000 runs.
Guptill reached the milestone while playing against Sri Lanka at Mount Maunganui opening with Colin Munro. Colin was not able to stay much longer on the pitch and kiwi side lost him at the score of 23, the 32-year-old veteran continued his play and made a brilliant partnership of 163 runs with skipper Kane Williamson. Later, Guptill scores his 14th ODI hundred.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka are playing a 3-match ODI series. Kiwis will want to end the series in their favor just as the Test series that they won 1-0. New Zealand will play a one-off T20I with Sri Lanka as well.
After Sri Lanka, New Zealand will play India in the tour featuring 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is.