World Cup final loss was “the best and worst day” of my career says Martin Guptill

Guptill was heavily involved in two pieces of action when his throw from the outfield deflecting off Ben Stokes' bat for four and allowing them to tie the game.
World Cup final loss was “the best and worst day” of my career says Martin GuptillMartin Guptill in tears following loss in the World Cup final. (Photo: Getty)
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New Zealand was left heartbroken when they lost the final of the ICC World Cup for the second time in the row thanks to a brilliant knock played by England all-rounder Ben Stokes. The whole team was left devasted especially Martin Guptill who went through “the best and worst day” of his career. 

Guptill was the center of things in the final, his throw from the outfield deflecting off Ben Stokes’ bat for four to give England a valuable six runs and allowing them to tie the game. The 32-year-old was then run out off the final ball of the super over to hand England their first 50-over World Cup by virtue of having hit the most boundaries. After the heartbreaking loss, the opener has now set his eye firmly on the World Twenty20 in Australia next year.

“I guess you see it as the best and the worst day of your cricketing career,” said Guptill, after he joined New Zealand’s squad in Sri Lanka for their three-match Twenty20 series that starts on Sunday in Pallekele. “The ebbs and flows of the game made it such a good one for the spectators. It was just unfortunate we came out on the other side of it.”

New Zealand’s focus over the next 12 months will be on the shortest form of the game, with the World Twenty20 in Australia scheduled for next October and November. The playing conditions in Sri Lanka may be different from New Zealand or Australia, but the team will be looking to get back into the rhythm in the shortest format.

“T20 World Cups are always good fun,” Guptill said. “With it being in Australia next year it’s completely different conditions to what we face at home as well.“It’s going to be nice to start off our preparation here, playing in some trying conditions and then head home with a good five (match) T20 series against England to lead off the summer.”

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