Guptill becomes all-time leading run-getter in T20 history
NEW DELHI: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill rewrote T20I history en route a record-breaking century against Australia at Eden Park. In the final of the ongoing T20I tri-series, also involving England, Guptill broke several records including that of the fastest century by an New Zealand batsman in T20Is before being out on 105 off 54 deliveries.
He scored a century off 49 deliveries, one less than the previous Kiwi record held by former captain Brendon McCullum. And not only that, he also overtook McCullum as the leading run-getter in T20I history.
When Guptill scored his 58th run, he overtook McCullum’s tally of 2140 runs and now has 2188 runs in 73 T20Is. The 31-year-old averages 34.18 with two centuries and 15 fifties.
Guptill went unsold at the IPL 2018 and he reminded everyone of his destructive abilities scoring a memorable century – his second century in the shortest format.
While Guptill and McCullum occupy the top spots, India captain Virat Kohli is not far behind at no. 3 with 1956 runs in 55 T20Is to his name at an excellent average of 52.86.
McCullum acknowledged Guptill’s feat and praised him for bettering his record, hoping for more.
Thanks to his incredible innings, New Zealand posted 243/6 – equalling their record for the highest score in the format. Supporting him was Colin Munro who struck a blistering 33-ball 76 in an opening partnership of 132 in 10.4 overs. Munro was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.9 crore at the IPL auction last month.