Martin Guptill finally opened up on the epic Cricket World Cup 2019 final match, describing the England-New Zealand clash as the best and worst day of his career, reported India Today.
The New Zealand opener was involved in probably two of the most important moments of the July 14 final at Lord’s, the result of which was eventually decided on boundary count after both the teams could not be separated after the end of the allotted 100 overs and the subsequent Super Overs, reported India Today.
“Hard to believe it’s been a week since that incredible Final at Lords. I think it was both the best and worst day of my cricketing life! So many different emotions, but mainly proud to represent New Zealand and play for the Black Caps alongside a great group of mates.
Thank you to everyone for all your support, it has been amazing,” Guptill said in an emotional Instagram post on Tuesday.
At the fag end of the final of the World Cup 2019, England had looked down and out as New Zealand’s death bowlers seemed to have created a vice-like grip over the match, not giving Ben Stokes room to hit the big shots, India Today reported.
In the final over of England’s chase with the team needing 9 to win off 3 balls, Guptill’s throw from deep mid-wicket region struck a diving Ben Stokes’s bat on the full at the striker’s end and the ball raced away to the boundary behind the wicketkeeper.
Thus, instead of 2 runs, England got awarded 6 bringing the equation down to 3 required off 2 balls – a much more achievable target, even though Trent Boult ensured a tie, reported India Today.
When the match went into the Super Over, Guptill found himself on the field again but this time he had the responsibility to score 16 off 6 balls to bring New Zealand home their maiden World Cup.
On the last delivery of the Super Over Guptill was on strike with his side needing 2 off 1 but he only managed to dig out Jofra Archer’s full delivery to Jason Roy at deep mid-wicket.
As he scampered for the 2nd run, Roy’s throw found Jos Buttler’s gloves at the striker’s end, who dislodged the stumps in a flash. Guptill desperately dived to cross the crease but was found well short when the bails were dislodged bringing an end to a crazy Lord’s evening, India Today reported.