Martin Guptill is keen to play as many matches as he can in the run-up to the ICC World Cup 2015  © Getty Images
Martin Guptill is keen to play as many matches as he can in the run-up to the ICC World Cup 2015 © Getty Images

Oct 13, 2014

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill has undergone a six-month training session under the guidance of legendary Kiwi batsman Martin Crowe. Guptill said that they were not major overhauls but minor tweaking.

“I wouldn’t say it was a complete road smash but there were a couple of things I needed to tweak. It’s been fantastic for my game and I think that showed when I was in the Caribbean. My footwork was a lot smoother and I was able to put what I practised into play. I’m lucky to have had someone of Martin’s calibre helping me through,” Guptill was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz.

The right-hander has been working in the nets since April trying to iron out minor flaws in footwork and ‘hard-hands’ which earlier resulted in leg-before or being caught in slips. Ever since his training at Eden Park, Guptill has played only the Caribbean Premier League for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Explaining the aspects involved in the training, Crowe said “You have to make a commitment to make some serious changes over six months and it’s all around footwork and being faster, and deeper in the crease and closer to the ball. It’s all about movement, it’s not about hitting. The prerequisite is you have to identify that you have deficiencies and you have to get rid of them and change for the good. That’s the challenge.”

The Kiwis will play South Africa and Pakistan in the coming months. Guptill said that the more he gets to play the better it will be for him in the run-up to the ICC World Cup 2015.