New Zealand opener Martin Guptill is set to miss the beginning of the upcoming Indian Premier League due to an injury to his hamstring. He was bought by the Kings XI Punjab in the auction in February of 2016 as an opener and was set to play as Murali Vijays’s opening partner and play an important role in the team’s goal of winning the tournament.
He has been sidelined for a period of 6 weeks and he will spend that time working on strengthening his hamstrings that have given him problems since past few months. He had recently played in the ODI series against South Africa and scored a brilliant 180 in one of the matches to win New Zealand the match.
"At the moment Martin isn't fit to play and the time we give him now to strengthen his hamstrings will play a big role in mitigating future risk too, we've put a programme in place to make sure that Martin can return to full strength and we'll continue to monitor him closely." Black Caps physio Tommy Simsek said.
Guptill will however travel with the Kings XI Punjab team during the IPL, but will miss the starting few matches of the tournament. He will be monitored by physio Tommy Simsek.