Martin Guptill once again proved his mettle as a destructive T20 batsman when he scored his second T20I century off just 49 balls to put New Zealand in the driving seat against Australia at the ongoing T20 tri-series at Auckland, and broke several world T20 records.
Martin Guptill overtakes McCullum’s T20 records
With this century, Martin Guptill snatched 2 records away from Brendon McCullum and became the all-time top run scorer in T20I cricket. Not only that, Guptill now has the record of scoring the fastest century in T20I cricket for New Zealand by once again going past McCullum’s record.
Fastest T20 century for New Zealand
Martin Guptill brought up his century off just 49 balls which was 1 ball quicker than McCullum’s 50-ball effort against Australia back in 2010. Guptill’s century included 6 fours and 9 sixes and he was eventually out for a score of 105 and took his team to a smashing total of 243.
This was Martin Guptill’s second T20I century which has taken him tied with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Glenn Maxwell, Brendon McCullum, Evin Lewis, and Chris Gayle with 2 T20I centuries while it is Guptill’s teammate Colin Munro who leads this pack with 3 T20I centuries.
Munro was on course to get his 4th T20I century today but he was eventually dismissed for a brisk 76 off just 33 deliveries with 6 fours and 6 sixes. Munro and Guptill put up a 132-run opening wicket stand which was eventually broken by AJ Tye.
McCullum congratulates Guptill
Former Kiwi skipper and Guptill’s long-time opening partner Brandon McCullum was quick to congratulate Guptill on his achievement and claimed that there is more to come from the explosive right-handed batsman.
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) February 16, 2018
Kiwi fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan also tweeted his admiration for Guptill’s achievement and gestured of taking a bow after Guptill played another of his trademark innings. With the century, Guptill now has 2188 T20I runs to his name at an average of 34.18 which ironically is better than Guptill’s test match average.
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) February 16, 2018
Most runs in T20I Cricket
Martin Guptill (NZ) – 2,188 from 71 inns
Brendon McCullum (NZ) – 2,140 from 70 inns
Virat Kohli (IND) – 1,956 from 51 inns
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SRL) – 1,889 from 79 inns
Shoaib Malik (PAK) – 1,821 from 86 inns