Hyderabad: Hard-hitting New Zealand opener Martin Guptill admitted that it is tough to find a Sunrisers Hyderabad playing eleven despite scoring big at the international arena. “We got a balanced side and have covered all the bases. I am a new pick for the Sunrisers. So it is difficult to get into the eleven at this point of time. But I am not worried about it at all. I am sure that everyone will get their chances as we go forward. I am here to give my best like all the other teammates and am raring to go,” he said.
The New Zealand opener was in rich form in the recently concluded ODI series against Bangladesh where he amassed 264 runs from three matches at an average of 132 including two centuries.
The 32-year-old batsman also praised New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for his leadership skills. “He is an amazing leader and a team man. I didn’t discuss much about the IPL preparation with him so far but seeing the way he practices for every match, you get very motivated,” Guptill said.
Backing the Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar who was off colour (4-0-37-0) against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, Guptill said bowlers could hardly do anything on that day as Windies all-rounder Andre Russell was in sparkling form. “Look, we all know how dangerous player he can be. I am sure that Bhuvi will bounce back and will play a major role in our upcoming matches,” Guptill said.
Gupill was all praise for Australian opener David Warner who hit an attacking 85 in his IPL return match following the one-year ban. “Obviously we would have loved to see him getting the hundred. It is great that he is amongst the runs. I am happy for Warner and he is an impact player for our side. I believe he will continue to score big,” Guptill added.
When asked about his opinion on allowing four foreign players in the playing eleven, Guptill said such a cap is necessary to harness local talent. “Of course cricket in India too need to grow and for that this is a right step,” he added.
Talking about his IPL journey so far, Guptill revealed that he is very happy about being part of the Hyderabad side and lauded the team management for their positive support. “I played for Kings XI in the previous edition. The Sunrisers unit have been very supportive with me so far and I like the dressing room atmosphere too,” he concluded.