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Navdeep Saini Reveals Martin Guptill as the Toughest Batsman He Has Ever Faced

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Navdeep Saini Reveals Martin Guptill as the Toughest Batsman He Has Ever Faced

Navdeep Saini has made giant strides as an international cricketer in the limited opportunities he has got in One-day and Twenty20 International cricket.

On Saturday, the world witnessed a different side of Saini when the young pacer tore apart New Zealand’s pacers in the second ODI of the three-match series.

The youngster revealed that it is none other than the swashbuckling Kiwi opener Martin Guptill.

“I think Martin Guptill is an aggressive player and is a challenge for me,” Saini said as quoted by DNA. Guptill spearheaded New Zealand’s batting in the second game with a run-a-ball 79 and along with Henry Nicholls proceeded to give the home side an ideal start as New Zealand eventually racked up a match-winning total of 8-279.

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“I will regret it when I go back and see the video. If I hadn’t got out, maybe the result could have been different. Will regret that I took it so close and maybe could have gotten closer,” Saini said at the post-match press conference.

Saini added that the wicket was flat and all he and Jadeja were thinking was to take the game to the end. “We felt the wicket was flat and if we could stay till the end, the match could go close. So we were trying to contribute as much as possible and take the match to the end.

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However, his valiant efforts were just not enough for India to cross the line and the Men in Blue lost the game and the ODI series 2-0. This is India’s first bilateral series defeat after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

India were dominant in the T20I series and clean swept the Kiwis 5-0. They became the first-ever team to win a bilateral T20I series 5-0.

Via: Crictracker

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