World Cup 2019: Martin Guptill frustrated with batting form ahead of final against England

Martin Guptill has scored only 167 runs in the World Cup 2019 thus far, and will look to turnaround his form in the finals against England.
World Cup 2019: Martin Guptill frustrated with batting form ahead of final against EnglandWorld Cup 2019: Martin Guptill frustrated with batting form ahead of final against England
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Under-fire Martin Guptill admitted that it has been tough to ignore criticism around his poor batting form but will look to end the World Cup 2019 on a high as New Zealand take on England in the finals on Sunday. 

Guptill, one of New Zealand's most experienced players has managed only 167 runs in nine innings at an average of just over 20. He had won the Man of the Match trophy in his side's first game against Sri Lanka where he managed an unbeaten 73 but proceeded to notch up five single-digit knocks in the next eight innings. 

The 32-year old said that he has tried to stay away from social media, but admitted that it has not been easy. 

It's bloody tough," Guptill told 1 News. "You try not to read what people are writing and hear what people are saying but it's hard to tear away from it all.

"The hard work [behind the scenes] probably goes unseen. I have always put in a lot of time in. For it not to be working out in the middle, it's frustrating. People can say they were frustrated with me, but no one is as frustrated as what I am."

However, he hoped to turn his form around in the finals, and added that he has been hitting the ball well in the nets. 

"The last couple of nets I've probably felt the best I have since I've been here," he added.

"I'm just trying to carry on with what I've been doing, work hard in the nets and hopefully in the next game it all comes together."

Guptill had broken a billion hearts in the semis against India as he affected a run-out with a direct hit in the dying stages to send back MS Dhoni. The dismissal sealed the game for the Black Caps, and the opener reflected on the moment. 

"When it first came off the bat I thought it went straight up so I didn't actually move straight away," he said.

"So I let the handbrake off and tried to get there as quick as possible, clean pick up and when the ball was halfway to the stumps I thought it's not missing.

"Direct hits are always close so we knew we were in with a shot. Luckily for us it was a matter of inches."

 

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