T20 World Cup: Martin Guptill doubtful for New Zealand's clash against India

The New Zealand opener injured his toe in the opening match against Pakistan

By Web Desk
October 27, 2021
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New Zealand may be without their experienced opener Martin Guptill when they take on India in an important match in the T20 World Cup on Sunday.

The Kiwi batsman had got injured during the match against Pakistan a day prior.

Just before Guptill was sent back to the pavilion for 17, he took a blow to the toe from a Haris Rauf delivery that caused the injury.

We'll see how he [Guptill] scrubs up overnight," coach Gary Stead told reporters from the United Arab Emirates after the match.

"He [Guptill] looked in a little bit of discomfort at the end of the game and it might take 24 to 48 hours to see how he goes."

Guptill's injury is a second blow to New Zealand after Lockie Ferguson was ruled out of the mega event on Tuesday.

The Kiwi coach said that he was disappointed with the International Cricket Council's Technical Committee because it did not approve Adam Milne as a replacement for Lockie Ferguson in time to play against Pakistan.

"We tried pretty hard today to get across the line with the ICC our replacement player, but it wasn't to be," he added.

"That was really disappointing for us because Adam Milne is someone who's waiting in the wings as a like-for-like replacement. We'll seek clarification on that decision of theirs."

New Zealand are going to lock horns with India on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.