January 18, 2016

Guptill's Jekyll-and-Hyde show

The New Zealand opener is an exceptional limited-overs batsman who flounders in Test cricket

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It isn't uncommon to see international batsmen master one format while struggling in the other. Martin Guptill of New Zealand is one such batsman. His performances in ODIs and T20s* have been exceptional, but in Test cricket Guptill has failed to make much of an impression, despite having had a reasonably long run.

  • His average of 28.28 is the fourth lowest among openers with 50-plus Test innings
  • He is only one of six openers in ODIs to score 1000-plus runs at an average of over 45 and and strike rate of over 85
  • Of his 19 Man-of-the-Match awards, only two have come in Test cricket

*The video was shot before the second T20 in Hamilton in which Guptill made 87 not out off 58 balls

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats