Martin Guptill: 'I will wait for my chance'

The Kiwi batsman says Sunrisers Hyderabad can come back strongly in the Indian Premier League.

Published : Mar 28, 2019 20:11 IST , Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Martin Guptill speaks during an interaction in Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Martin Guptill speaks during an interaction in Hyderabad.

Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Martin Guptill speaks during an interaction in Hyderabad.

Martin Guptill, the hard-hitting New Zealand batsman, believes that his team Sunrisers Hyderabad team need not to be disappointed with the first game loss to Kolkata Knight Riders.

“We started off well against KKR before it got away in the last three overs thanks to one man — Andre Russell. But, again we have a great squad and can come back very strongly and quickly too,” said the 32-year-old Guptill, during an interaction here on Thursday, the eve of the match against Rajasthan Royals.

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To err is human

“I don’t think there is too much concern with the way Bhuvi was hit. He is a world-class bowler. Like of all us he is human and can err sometimes.

“Remember, he bowled a great penultimate over of his spell in that innings. He is too good not to recover from that,” said Guptill, on pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Reflecting on the team’s chances, Guptill said that they have to go out and perform, play the best cricket as they prepare for the challenges ahead.

On Kane Williamson being back in the squad, the explosive Guptill felt that is is always nice to have a familiar face in the squad. “We have better understanding, know each other’s game and know how to put up good performances,” he said.

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“I am not sure that I am going to play straight-away. I will have to wait before I get my chance in the playing eleven and I am ready to give my best when I do get the chance,” he said, even while stressing that he had fully recovered from a lower-back problem.

Referring to the perception that many foreigners play the IPL to get used to facing the spinners before the World Cup, Guptill said he has not yet played Rashid Khan in the nets.

“He is an amazing bowler and definitely I will have a plan in place when I play him in the World Cup. No doubt, IPL is a great platform to learn on how to face them,” he signed off with a big smile.

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