Guptill wants to play 2023 World Cup

Martin Guptill may not have been in the best of forms of late, but the New Zealand opener says he wants to be around for the next 50-over World Cup in 2023.Martin Guptill 2023 WC

Guptill said this ahead of his team’s second ODI against India on his home turf at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday (February 8).

After suffering a 0-5 humiliation in the five-match T20I series, the Black Caps made a positive start in the first ODI, and another win in the second game will hand them an unassailable lead.

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Guptill too had some contribution in the series opener, as he combined with Henry Nicholls for a 85-run partnership for the first wicket, before dismissing on 32 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. This opening stand gave the Kiwis a good foundation on their way to a successful 348-run chase to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

But as compared to Guptill’s own standards, his recent forms have not been quite satisfactory. He scored his last fifty against Sri Lanka 73 in the team’s first match at last year’s World Cup.

Playing in the 2023 World Cup will not be easy either, as Guptill will already be 36 by then. Also the tournament is set to be held in India, where he has yet to find any major success. He averages 29.43 in India compared to his overall ODI average of 42.13.

Still, considering all these factors, Guptill has made up his mind that he wants to feature in the next 50-over World Cup.

“Absolutely,” he said when asked. “Pending body issues and form and things like that, hopefully I can stick around and put enough numbers on the board to be in that squad.”

This summer, the Black Caps will play only three more ODIs against Australia in March after the completion of this ongoing series against India. But still Guptill is not unhappy.

“The focus (last year) was because of the World Cup and there’s a lot of T20 cricket leading into the T20 World Cup this year,” he said.

“I don’t think one-day cricket is going anywhere, there’s still a World Cup to play for in three years’ time, and leading up to that there’s going to be a lot of ODI cricket. I enjoy the ODI format, so hopefully there’s plenty more to come.”

Guptill was involved in New Zealand’s last three ODI World Cup campaigns, and if he does make to the 2023 World Cup, it will be his fourth and most certainly the last.

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