Guptill — who was overlooked in the IPL 2018 Auction — showed what the franchisees are missing as he slammed a 49-ball ton against the mighty Aussies. By doing so, Guptill broke Kiwi legend Brendon McCullum record of fastest T20I ton by a New Zealander.
Also, this is Guptill's second T20I ton and he has now joined some of the big names in the game to score two or more centuries in the shortest format. Here is the list -
Colin Munro: 3 Tons
Chris Gayle: 2 Tons
Brendon McCullum: 2 Tons
Evin Lewis: 2 Tons
Rohit Sharma: 2 Tons
Martin Guptill: 2 Tons
Also, during the course of his innings, Guptill smashed nine sixes and six fours, en route to a 54-ball 105. With the help of his nine maximums, Guptill broke another McCullum record as he took the top spot in the list of most sixes scored by a Kiwi batsman in T20Is.
The eight teams in the IPL might be left thinking what could have been had they opted to buy one of the top names in world cricket. Also, with a base prize of just Rs 75 lakh, the franchisees missed a trick as this innings from the Kiwi star shows.
First Published: February 16, 2018, 2:21 PM IST