A fiery knock by Martin Guptill saw New Zealand beat Bangladesh convincingly in the first one day international in Napier on February 13. The veteran opener’s performance is a sign of good things to come for New Zealand as he was benched in the latter part of the recently concluded series against India. Guptill registered an unbeaten century (117 off 116) to guide his side to a 1-0 win. For his performance, Guptill was adjudged as the Man of the Match and the highlight of the evening – apart from Guptill’s batting – was that his wife Laura McGoldrick took his post-match interview.
It was interesting to see Guptill being quizzed by Laura. While these situations may become awkward, kudos to the couple for keeping things professional in front of the camera and a billion people. During the interview, Guptill praised the performance of the Kiwi bowlers and said that he was pleased that Bangladesh was restricted. “The most pleasing thing was how the guys restricted Bangladesh up front with the ball. Losing four wickets in the first 10 is really tough to come back from," said Guptill.
Speaking about batting with Ross Taylor, the batsman said that he enjoys batting with him. "At most parts, we talk to each other but he (Ross Taylor) just lets me through as I bat longer," he said, adding that he will have a stiff back. "It (his back) is going to be a bit stiff. It is nice to see the boys home. Sometimes yes, sometimes no (time off from cricket helps) it still didn't feel fluent," said Guptill.