Guptill excited by CPL fourth season prospects

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February 19, 2016
Sri Lanka's Chamara Kapugedera, right, watches a ball hit in his direction by New Zealand's Martin Guptill during their International Twenty/20 cricket match at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, on January 7.

Guptill excited by CPL fourth-season prospects

BRIDGETOWN (CMC):

New Zealander Martin Guptill believes his fourth straight season in the Caribbean Premier League could be his best ever.

The 29-year-old featured for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first two seasons and then for new franchise St Kitts and Nevis Patriots last year.

For the upcoming season, he will once again turn out for Amazon Warriors in a campaign he hopes will be a successful one.

EXCITING ATMOSPHERE

"I'm really excited. I've been here three years in a row, and it's going to be my fourth year this year," the right-hander said.

"Even from the very first CPL, it was an extremely exciting atmosphere, and to be out there in the middle and witness the crowd having a great big party is pretty special to watch, and it's something I've really enjoyed being involved with.

"The atmosphere that the crowd brings is pretty special and makes the whole tournament. Every game that we play is a sell-out crowd, and the crowds are having a lot of fun and make the atmosphere that much more fun for the players to be involved with, so I can't wait to get back there."

GREAT FORM

Guptill has been in great form this year for New Zealand, scoring five half-centuries across both the Twenty20 and One-Day International formats. In fact, he has scored 273 runs in his last five ODI innings at an average of 54, over the last three weeks.

An attacking player who bats at the top of the order, Guptill said he was a big admirer of Brian Lara and had been inspired by the legendary West Indies batsman.

"Growing up, I was probably in the era of watching Brian Lara play. He played with a lot of flair, and he was a seriously good player," Guptill said.

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