New Zealand’s opening batsman Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the T20Is series against India due to back injury. The opener had also missed the fifth ODI versus India and the team management has added Jimmy Neesham in the squad as his replacement.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead gave an update on Guptill’s injury. He said that unfortunately, Martin hasn’t recovered in time for this Twenty20 series which is very condensed with three games over five days.
He feels that it is a shame as he is obviously a big part of their white-ball sides, but they have
got to look at the big picture and ensure he gets the injury right.
The New Zealand coach is hopeful that the opening batsman will regain fitness for the Bangladesh series which will start in the next week.
Guptill was in poor form in the recent times. After scoring a hundred against Sri Lanka in the first ODI earlier this year, he failed to make any significant contributions at the top of the batting order.
He featured in four ODIs against India but couldn’t make any impact. Meanwhile James Neesham looked in good touch in the fifth ODI against India and he was in prime form in the recent series against Sri Lanka.
New Zealand will be playing three T20Is against India. The hosts have already lost the five match ODI series 4-1.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor