New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who had suffered a toe injury, has regained fitness and available for selection for the T20 World Cup match against India here.
India take on the Black Caps on Sunday. Guptill was hit on his left foot during his side’s defeat against Pakistan.
“It went a different shade of colour for a period of time. But he trained yesterday and he’s training again tonight, so it’s great to see that he’s available and fit for selection,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by New Zealand media. Stead also said that Adam Milne may also be part of the playing XI to take on India. Milne was approved as an injury replacement for Lockie Ferguson.
Both India and New Zealand are yet to win a match in T20 World Cup, having lost their openers to Pakistan.
Guptill was New Zealand’s top scorer in the 2016 T20 World Cup, making 140 runs in four innings at an average of 35 and strike rate of 157.30 in the side’s run to the semi-finals.
“Obviously I’d have liked to have gone better [in the UAE], but you know that’s all in the past now.
In the last World Cup, I think I was our top run-scorer in the T20 World Cup. I can draw some on that experience and that confidence that I’ve been able to do that before. So, I’m just looking forward to going out and doing my thing and just making sure I’m as positive as I can be at the top of the order,” said Guptill. Martin Guptill set to become only second batsman to complete 3000 T20I runs
Guptill is chasing record 3000 runs in the shortest format. He has so far smashed 2956 runs in 103 matches at an average of 32.13 comprising a couple of hundreds and 17 fifties. He is only behind India captain Virat Kohli (3216 runs) in most run scorer tally.