Martin Guptill wasn’t the only surprise to come out of the IPL Auction in 2016, he and other big names have all missed the cut.
Despite a double-century in ODI cricket and a century in T20 cricket, Guptill wasn’t brought by any franchise for this seasons Indian Premier League.
A low reserve of just $111,000 and a sublime last 12-months with the bat wasn’t enough to buy Guptill a ticket to his first IPL, and it makes Guptill the highest T20 run scorer to not have picked up a contract.
The Blackcaps have said they are baffled by Guptill’s omission but insist that he will forget about it quickly.
Guptill didn’t find out his IPL fate until after the Blackcaps loss to Australia in Wellington last night, but team members have said that Guptill showed no signs of disappointment.
Colin Munro was brought for $67,000 by Kolkata and Tim Southee went for $556,000 to Mumbai, double his original reserve.