Martin Guptill


New Zealand Vs South Africa: The Kiwis Take Wing

Where did South Africa lose the match to New Zealand? Was it the strong nerves under pressure and the magnificent six hit by Grant Elliott in the nail-biting climax, the run-out opportunity and some half chances that went unused, or the fact that rain disrupted the match at a time when AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis had the bowlers at their mercy and threatened to take to score to 350-plus?

New Zealand v South Africa: A Dream Semi-Final

This is it. New Zealand versus South Africa at the semi-final stage of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Brendon McCullum against AB de Villiers. Potential versus performance. Hope against hope. Nerves against the nervous. Neither country has ever won a World Cup semi-final. One of them will go to the summit for the first time. Who will blink first?

Carpe Diem, The Guptill Way

And to think, had Jesse Ryder not pulled himself out of the reckoning for the World Cup, Martin Guptill may not have batted today. Dumped from the Test team in 2013 and far from his best in the months leading upto the selection of the New Zealand squad for the tournament, the 28-year-old opener would not have been many people's pick to take the plaudits at the end of a one-sided quarter-final which ended in a 143-run drubbing of West Indies.

When Guptill Did A Gayle On The West Indies

To the chagrin of cricket fans all over the world, the fourth quarter-final of the World Cup also turned into a terribly one-sided affair. True, while Chris Gayle was spraying sixes to all parts of the ground, it was thrilling to watch and some might even have believed that an upset was on the cards. But frankly, the West Indies batting just did not have the mettle to chase down 394 for a win.