Martin Guptill is set to miss the rest of the New Zealand season as he has been sidelined for six weeks after the opener complained of soreness in both hamstrings.
The 30-year-old will be undergoing a strength and conditioning rehabilitation programme before returning to cricket as he is now set to miss the start of the IPL too. He was bought by Kings XI Punjab for a price of 50 lakh and will now be unable to play in the initial stages of the T20 league.
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"At the moment Martin isn't fit to play and the time we give him now to strengthen his hamstrings will play a big role in mitigating future risk," Tommy Simsek – The Black Caps physiotherapist said.
"We've put a programme in place to make sure that Martin can return to full strength and we'll continue to monitor him closely." he added.
Mike Hesson, New Zealand Coach said "Having Martin fully fit is critical, as we all know the positive influence he has on our side. Martin knows this is an important period to get back to 100 percent so that he can be fully confident when he is on the park. The Champions Trophy isn't far away."
Guptill will be travelling to India after the rehab programme and will be monitored by Tommy Simsek over there. He has suffered injuries to his hamstrings successively in the recent past and also missed out in the first three ODIs of the recently concluded series against the Proteas. However, he played the 4th ODI in which he scored a match-winning 180 off 138 balls.
New Zealand's 3 highest individual ODI scores:
All 3 belong to Martin Guptill!
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Guptill was a potential candidate to replace Ross Taylor in the Test squad after Taylor suffered low-grade calf tear. Although Taylor is available to bat in the ongoing Test vs South Africa, he is expected to be replaced by Dean Brownlie or Neil Broom at No. 4 spot after Guptill's unavailablity.