The New Zealand 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup was announced yesterday. Kane Williamson & Co. will be starting its World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on June 1 in Cardiff. Kiwi opener Martin Guptill, who is currently with the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp along the sidelines in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has one eye on the World Cup 2019 preparations as well.
I am just going to bat like I bat
During a recent conversation along the sidelines, Guptill revealed some insights on his mega event preparations. He mentioned that he is going to bat like he usually does. Guptill noted that if he tries to emulate somebody else’s batting style, he cannot be true to himself and his team. He reckoned that he is just going to play his natural game.
“I’m just going to bat like I bat. If I am going to try and bat like someone else, then I am not being true to myself and the team. So, I am just going to go out there and prepare as best I can. If I get a ball to hit first up, then I will try and hit it, but I’ll also try and give myself time to get in, but my place doesn’t change too much,” Guptill was quoted as saying.
Everyone’s got a chance at lifting the Cup
New Zealand are yet to win the prestigious World Cup title. The Kiwi opener further mentioned that this year all the ten teams are in contentions to win the tournament. He noted that since the World Cup will be contested in a round robin format, thus whosoever plays the best cricket on the judgement day will be crowned as the winners.
“Everyone’s got a chance at lifting the Cup. It’s a different format this year. Everyone plays everybody and then the finalists go through. So, it’s the best of the best and whoever plays the best cricket on the day and the most consistent cricket, will eventually lift the Cup,” he added.
He reckoned that it is very difficult to predict a winner in advance as all the teams have played really well in the recent few months. “It’s too hard to know! There are quite a few teams that put their hand up. India have got a very strong team at the moment, they have been playing very good cricket. England as well have been playing some amazing cricket and look what Australia have done in the UAE against Pakistan as well.”
“There are teams that are in form, but there are also teams that can take the match from anyone on the day. If you look at what the West Indies in the Caribbean with Chris Gayle going crazy. So, anything is possible with any team. I can’t put a finger on any team,” concluded Guptill.