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Martin Guptill becomes the first batsman to score 180 runs or more thrice in ODI cricket

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New Zealand’s opener Martin Guptill has become the first batsman ever to score 180 runs or more thrice in One Day International (ODI) cricket. In the fourth ODI against South Africa, Guptill silenced his critics in the strongest way by match-winning 180 runs on a two-paced wicket.

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Martin Guptill has become the first batsman ever to score 180 runs or more thrice in ODI cricket. Sir Vivian Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma are joint-second in the list, having achieved the feat twice in ODI cricket.

Guptill was very happy with his performance and rated it as his “number 1” knock in ODI cricket.

“It’s pretty up there, possibly No.1. I’m reasonably happy with how today went without a lot of preparation,” he said. “It was difficult to bat all round, two-paced, turning, slower balls gripping, it wasn’t easy, and I wanted to create a good partnership. I did that reasonably well and fortunately I was able to get a few out of the middle,” Martin Guptill said after his knock of 180 runs. 

Blackcaps’ captain Kane Williamson heaped praises on Guptill and called his innings as a ‘world class’ innings.

“In a chasing effort on what wasn’t an easy surface and to hit the ball the way he did and play with the freedom we know he can and do something special against the best team in the world was a special, world-class effort.”

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