Wellington | New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who smashed a brilliant 237 off 163 balls, scripted history after becoming the first Kiwi to hit a double century in ODIs. His unbeaten 237 was the second best in an ODI innings – second only to Rohit Sharma’s 264.
Guptill, who achieved the feat in the fourth quarter-final match against the West Indies, also became only the second player to hit a World Cup double ton after West Indian Chris Gayle scored 215 against Zimbabwe earlier in the tournament.
The right-hander also became the fifth player to score 200 in the 50-over format of the game. Rohit Sharma is the only player in world cricket to amass two ODI double tons.
Guptill, who was earlier dropped on four by Marlon Samuels in the very first over of the innings, bettered his own national record of 189 not out to overtake Gayle’s World Cup record of 215.
The 28-year-old Guptill’s mammoth innings was laced with 24 boundaries and 11 sixes and also became the first New Zealander to hit consecutive World Cup hundreds.
Co-incidently both Rohit and Guptill were dropped on 4 before they went on to score their respective double tons.
Earlier, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar scored 200 against South Africa in 2010, Virender Sehwag scored 219 against the West Indies in 2011, Rohit scored 209 against Australia in 2013 and 264 against Sri Lanka last year.
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