Vishal Mehra ∙ Nov 24 2022, 10:00 AM

Martin Guptill not retired, still motived to play and get better: Kane Williamson

image-lauspmcyGuptill has been released from NZ contract [Source: Associated Press]

New Zealand will be without one of their most prolific white-ball scorers Martin Guptill in the upcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against India. Guptill, who was recently released from New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) central contract list, has found support in skipper Kane Williamson.

Williamson, ahead of the first ODI on Friday, confirmed that Guptill has no plans to retire and is motivated enough to make a comeback. The 36-year-old has played 198 ODIs and 133 T20Is for the Kiwis, amassing over 10,877 international runs, including 20 centuries and 59 fifties.

According to ANI, Williamson said Guptill's contribution to New Zealand cricket is incredible and called him one of the best openers going around in white-ball. 

"He has been incredible for New Zealand. He made the decision to play in other leagues but is still available for New Zealand. He is certainly one of our best white ball players. He has not retired. He is still motivated to keep playing and getting better. 

As a player, you go through different periods, go through different stages. It is about managing it,"

The Auckland-born has scored 2,586 runs in red-ball cricket.

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