Martin Guptill

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Martin Guptill
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Personal information
Full name Martin James Guptill
Born (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 28)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nickname Guppy, Marty Two-Toes, The Fish
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Opening Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 243) 18 March 2009 v India
Last Test 24 May 2013 v England
ODI debut (cap 152) 10 January 2009 v West Indies
Last ODI 4 August 2015 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 31
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005–present Auckland (squad no. 31)
2011–2012 Derbyshire
2012 Sydney Thunder
2013–present Guyana Amazon Warriors
2015 Derbyshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 31 118 83 156
Runs scored 1,718 4,230 5,262 5,535
Batting average 29.62 41.47 37.31 40.10
100s/50s 2/12 9/25 10/28 15/30
Top score 189 237* 227 237*
Balls bowled 332 91 650 91
Wickets 5 2 7 2
Bowling average 51.60 39.00 77.42 39.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/37 2/7 3/37 3/37
Catches/stumpings 33/– 46/– 78/– 71/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 May 2015

Martin James Guptill (born 30 September 1986) is a New Zealand cricketer. He is an opening batsman and has represented New Zealand in different age groups. He is the first cricketer from New Zealand and the 5th in the world to score a double century in a One Day International match.[1] He currently holds the record of highest individual score in World Cup cricket[2] and the second highest score in One Day Internationals of 237* runs.[3]

Early life[edit]

Guptill attended Avondale College and played in the school's 1st XI cricket team. He was also a prefect in his final year.

At the age 13, Guptill was involved in a forklift accident and lost three toes.[4] (This fact was revealed to the world by provincial teammate Scott Styris whilst Styris was commentating on Guptill's ODI debut. This has since earned Guptill the nickname "Two Toes" within the Black Caps team).[5] When Guptill was in the hospital, his father asked Jeff Crowe if a New Zealand player could visit him. Stephen Fleming, the then New Zealand captain, visited him at the hospital the next day.

International youth cricket[edit]

Guptill first represented New Zealand in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Sri Lanka in 2006.

Domestic cricket[edit]

In domestic cricket, he plays for Auckland Aces (he plays in Auckland's club cricket competition for Suburbs New Lynn). He made his first-class debut in March 2006, scoring a 4-ball duck in the first innings, and 99 in the second. In January 2011 it was announced that Guptill had signed for Derbyshire in England. He was to take over from Australian player Usman Khawaja for the second half of the County Championship & CB40 season and the whole of the T20.[6]

International cricket[edit]

He made his One Day International debut for New Zealand on 10 January 2009 against the West Indies in Auckland, becoming the first New Zealander to score a century on his one-day debut. He reached the landmark with a huge six off the bowling of Chris Gayle. His score of 122 not out is the highest debut score in New Zealand ODI history, and second highest debut score ever in ODIs. He also gained the highest ODI score for a New Zealander against the West Indies and became the first cricketer from his country to carry his bat through a completed innings. He made his Test debut against India in the first Test in Hamilton in March 2009, scoring 14 and 48.

On 14 December 2009, Guptill made his test bowling debut in the second innings of the match against Pakistan in Napier. In his innings, he made two 'caught and bowled' deliveries to Salman Butt & Imran Farhat. At that point, he had 2 wickets for 16 runs.[7] The test ended in a dour draw due to rain, but he ended with 3 for 37 in 13.2 overs, when he trapped Mohammad Asif for lbw after referral for the final wicket of the Pakistani innings.He is one of three players to score 30 runs or more in 5 consecutive t20 innings.

In the 2013 tour of England Martin Guptill led from his opening position scoring back-to-back undefeated hundreds. At the first One Day International at Lord's Cricket Ground he guided a successful chase scoring 103* with a strike-rate of 83.73, following up with a 189* (strike-rate of 121.93) at the Rosebowl, Southampton in the second One Day International. His 189* was, at the time, the highest score by a New Zealander in a One Day International and contributed to the fifth-highest team total in One Day International history (359). With this innings, he also equalled the record set by Viv Richards for most runs scored in a One Day International on English soil by one batsman.[8]

His score of 189* was surpassed in 2015 by Guptill himself when he scored 237* against the West Indies in the 2015 ICC World Cup quarter-finals on 21 March 2015 at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. His total from 163 balls included 11 sixes and 24 fours and was part of a New Zealand total of 393-6, the best total in a World Cup knockout match. [9]It was a remarkable turnaround in form given he went from score 3 ducks in the lead-up matches to scoring 2 50's, a century and the 237* in the semi finals, and went on to become the highest run scorer in the World Cup in the finals.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Martin Guptill's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 189 9  Bangladesh New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2010 Won
2 109 16  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2011 Won

One Day International centuries[edit]

Martin Guptill's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 122* 1  West Indies New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 2009 N/R
2 105 54  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2011 Won
3 103* 70  England United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Lord's Cricket Ground 2013 Won
4 189* 71  England United Kingdom Southampton, England, United Kingdom Rose Bowl 2013 Won
5 111 82  India New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 2014 Tied
6 105 105  Bangladesh New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2015 Won
7 237* 106  West Indies New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium 2015 Won
8 116* 115  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2015 Won
9 103* 118  South Africa South Africa Potchefstroom, South Africa Senwes Park 2015 Won

Twenty20 International centuries[edit]

Martin Guptill's Twenty20 International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 101* 37  South Africa South Africa East London, South Africa Buffalo Park 2012 Won


  • Guptill scored back to back unbeaten ODI centuries against England during Tour of England in 2013. He scored 330 runs in the 3 match ODI series which eventually was a world record for scoring most runs in a particular 3-match bilateral ODI series, which was later surpassed by Tillakaratne Dilshan. He was also named the man of series[10]
  • He is the first New Zealander and the 5th overall in the world to score a double century in an ODI. His 237* score currently holds the record of highest individual score in World Cup cricket and the second highest score in One Day Internationals.


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