Martin Guptill, a right-handed batsman from New Zealand, has been selected for his seventh ICC T20 World Cup 2022. His inclusion among the 15-player squad was celebrated by his old school, Avondale College in Auckland. The Blackcaps have also announced the chosen players via a Twitter post, having all the names on the list. 

Guptill will be seen playing among other cricketers in the New Zealand team like Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, and Adam Milne.

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Who is Martin Guptill?

Martin Guptill hails from Auckland, a city in New Zealand. Born on September 30, 1986, Guptill was raised by his father Peter Guptill, who was a truck driver, and his mother Jan Henderson. He has two siblings and is married to Laura McGoldrick, a TV Presenter and RJ by profession.

Martin Guptill is one of the few players in world cricket who plays the short-arm pull on one leg. In New Zealand cricket he is nicknamed ‘Two Toes’ for having only two toes – he lost three toes of his left foot in a forklift accident at the young age of 13. 

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He made his international debut on March 18, 2009, against India in Hamilton. Guptill was not able to go a long way toward the success that he deserved in Test matches, unlike ODIs. This resulted in him not participating in a Test match since 2016. However, he did well in the shorter formats and is known for being the one and only player to score 500 and 600 plus T20I runs at a single venue. 

The 35-year-old cricketer started playing for Auckland Aces in the 2007-08 season and was short on a single score to score a century in his debut match. Guptill, who won the Richard Hadlee Medal in 2011-12, also received the Player of the Year for ODIs and T20s at the New Zealand Cricket awards. He became New Zealand’s fourth player to reach 6000 ODI runs in 2018. 

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Guptill became the second-highest run-getter when playing for New Zealand in the 2011 World Cup. The cricketer’s average in ODIs is 43.51 while 57-odd was his average in World Cup matches.