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A year after being unsold, Martin Guptill registers for IPL 2019 auction

Guptill has set his base price at Rs. 1 crore.

Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

For a player of Martin Guptill’s stature, his performance in the Indian Premier League so far can be embarrassing for him. The New Zealand opener is one of the most feared and decorated batsmen in T20I Internationals. Gutpill, who is one of the few players to have scored two centuries in T20Is, is the leading run-getter in the shortest format of the game.

However, he has failed to prove himself in the IPL so far. He has already played two seasons of the cash-rich league but without paying much dividends. In 2016, he represented Mumbai Indians in three games and could score only 57. A year later, Kings XI Punjab secured his services but were left disappointed as Guptill could score only 132 runs in seven games.

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The poor shows eventually cost Guptill an IPL deal this year. The Kiwi opener had kept his base price at a very reasonable Rs 75 lakh but failed to land any deal after his two poor seasons.

Guptill registers for IPL auction:

Guptill will be hoping to land an IPL deal this time around after registering himself for the auction. The right-handed batsman will is one of 13 New Zealanders on the final list of players who will go under the hammer next week.

Guptill has set his base price at 100 lakh rupees. The other high-profile New Zealanders who will be in fray are former skipper Brendon McCullum and all-rounder, Corey Anderson. Both the players have opted to be slotted in the highest bracket of 200 lakh rupees. The likes of Matt Henry and Neil Wagner will also be a part of the auction.

Apart from them, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme and Trent Boult have already been retained by their IPL teams for next year’s competition. Meanwhile, the BCCI has released a list of 346 players who will go under the hammer. Initially, 1003 players had registered themselves for the 70 spots available in the eight IPL franchises for the auction on December 18 in Jaipur.

~ Written by Bijoy

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