Sahaj Nair ∙ Sep 20 2022, 3:00 PM

Kiwi opener Finn Allen quashes the notion of fighting with Guptill for opening spot

image-l8abmixhFinn Allen has made some great outings for the Black Caps (PC: Twitter)

Finn Allen, explosive opening batter has been included in the New Zealand side for the T20 World Cup 2022 which will begin from next month onwards. Allen has been pretty impressive ever since he made his international debut. 

However, Allen hasn't been a regular in the limited overs side mainly due to the presence of seasoned opener Martin Guptill. The talismanic batter has been a long standing servant of New Zealand cricket and continues to deliver for them in international cricket. 

Allen, who replaced Guptill at the top of the order in the third ODI against Australia in Cairns earlier this month, said he wasn't worried about the competition for the opening spot.

"It's not really a fight, I think. He's done it for so long. And he’s got so many accolades in New Zealand. He's such an incredible player,” Allen was quoted as saying to the reporters.

"For me, I'm just grateful for opportunities to be in the squad and to get my chances when I can. I just look at it like that. I try not to put too much pressure on (from) that sort of stuff," he stated. 

There's always competition for spots, isn't there: Guptill

Speaking about the same, Guptill stated that there is always competition for spots in sports. He also said that this competition compels all the players to perform better. The 35 year old, who entering into the twilight years of his career said that he feels lucky to have to played for New Zealand all these years and wants wants to continue doing the same till the time he can.

"There's always competition for spots, isn't there? The pressure goes on everyone to perform. I'm lucky enough to do it for a number of years now."

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